Enumerations That Encapsulate Data
Enumeration Classes with Properties
Enumeration classes can define properties to store data values. The enumeration members represent specific values for these properties, which MATLAB® assigns in the class constructor. For information on defining enumeration classes, see Define Enumeration Classes.
Store Data in Properties
Enumeration classes that subclass built-in numeric or logical classes cannot define or inherit properties. For more information on this kind of enumeration class, see Enumerations Derived from Built-In Classes.
Define properties in an enumeration class if you want to associate specific data with enumeration members, but do not need to inherit arithmetic, ordering, or other operations that MATLAB defines for specific built-in classes.
Define an enumeration class to represent the RGB values of the colors in a color set. The
Colors class defines names for the colors, each of which uses the RGB values as arguments to the class constructor:
classdef Colors properties R = 0 G = 0 B = 0 end methods function c = Colors(r, g, b) c.R = r; c.G = g; c.B = b; end end enumeration Blueish (18/255,104/255,179/255) Reddish (237/255,36/255,38/255) Greenish (155/255,190/255,61/255) Purplish (123/255,45/255,116/255) Yellowish (1,199/255,0) LightBlue (77/255,190/255,238/255) end end
You can access the property values via the enumeration member:
ans = 0.9294
Suppose that you want to create a plot with the new shade of red named
a = Colors.Reddish; [a.R,a.G,a.B]
ans = 0.9294 0.1412 0.1490
Use these values by accessing the enumeration member properties. For example, the
myPlot function accepts a
Colors enumeration member as an input argument. The function accesses the RGB values defining the color from the property values.
function h = myPlot(x,y,LineColor) h = line('XData',x,'YData',y); r = LineColor.R; g = LineColor.G; b = LineColor.B; h.Color = [r g b]; end
Create a plot using a reddish color line:
h = myPlot(1:10,1:10,Colors.Reddish);
Colors class encapsulates the definitions of a standard set of colors. You can change the enumeration class definition of the colors and not affect functions that use the enumerations.
Enumerations Defining Categories
Cars class defines categories used to inventory automobiles. The
Cars class derives from the
CarPainter class, which derives from
handle. The abstract
CarPainter class defines a
paint method, which modifies the
Color property when a car is painted another color.
Cars class uses the
Colors enumeration members to specify a finite set of available colors. The exact definition of any given color can change independently of the
classdef Cars < CarPainter enumeration Hybrid (2,'Manual',55,Colors.Reddish) Compact(4,'Manual',32,Colors.Greenish) MiniVan(6,'Automatic',24,Colors.Blueish) SUV (8,'Automatic',12,Colors.Yellowish) end properties (SetAccess = private) Cylinders Transmission MPG Color end methods function obj = Cars(cyl,trans,mpg,colr) obj.Cylinders = cyl; obj.Transmission = trans; obj.MPG = mpg; obj.Color = colr; end function paint(obj,colorobj) if isa(colorobj,'Colors') obj.Color = colorobj; else [~,cls] = enumeration('Colors'); disp('Not an available color') disp(cls) end end end end
CarPainter class requires its subclasses to define a method called
classdef CarPainter < handle methods (Abstract) paint(carobj,colorobj) end end
Define an instance of the
c1 = Cars.Compact;
The color of this car is
Greenish, as defined by the
ans = Greenish
paint method to change the car color:
ans = Reddish