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Workaround to create copies of objects inheriting from the Matlab 'handle'-class


Updated 05 Aug 2008

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Some specific things available in Matlab object-oriented programming can only be done with custom Matlab classes when you inherit from the Matlab built-in handle class. This includes for example adding dynamic properties, listeners etc.

There is no default method to create a copy of an object of such a 'handle-class'. Using the simple assignment (e.g. y=x) in that case only copies the handle (=the pointer) to the object.

This simple workaround uses the built-in save function to create a new object which is a copy of the original object.

The provided function does at the moment only work with Matlab Pre-Release PR2008b which solves a previous bug in the built-in 'save' function.

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Holger Hiebel (2020). copymyobj (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

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Created with R2008a
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