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New release of MATLAB and Simulink

2 April 2008 Design Automation

The MathWorks has introduced Release 2008a (R2008a) of its MATLAB and Simulink product families. R2008a is the latest update to the MathWorks product line, which includes new versions of MATLAB and Simulink, along with improvements to 82 other products.

R2008a features improved object-oriented programming capabilities in MATLAB that enable users to develop complex technical computing applications faster than with other languages, such as C++, C#, and Java. Programmers can now define classes and apply standard object-oriented design patterns in MATLAB to enjoy the benefits of code re-use, inheritance, encapsulation, and reference behaviour without engaging in the low-level housekeeping tasks required by other languages.

The improved object-oriented capabilities include:

* Class definition files for defining of properties, methods, and events.

* Handle classes with reference behaviour for creating data structures such as linked lists.

* Events and listeners for monitoring object property changes and actions.

* JIT-Accelerator support for achieving significantly improved object performance.

* Development environment support for creating and using classes.

Other R2008a improvements include extensions to Embedded MATLAB code generation, new capabilities for parallel computing, new verification and validation capabilities, and automatic code generation of AUTOSAR-compliant code.



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