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Call C++ Class Methods Using a C-style Wrapper Function From a C Function Block

This example shows how to use the C Function block to call C++ class methods using a C-style wrapper function. In this example, the C-style wrapper functions are defined in adder_cpp.h, and implemented in adder_cpp.cpp. To run this example model successfully, you must configure MATLAB® to use a C++ compiler.

This can be done using the mex -setup command, and selecting a C++ compiler.

To enable calling of the C functions from the C Function block, in the model, specify the header file and the source file in the Configuration Parameters > Simulation Target pane. In this model the custom code header file adder_cpp.h declares an adder class along with the class member functions. The header file also contains the declaration of the C-style wrapper functions which are called in the C Function block. The prototypes of the C-style wrapper functions are:

  • void *createAdder()

  • void deleteAdder(void *obj)

  • int adderOutput(void *obj, int increment)

where, void *obj is the class object pointer, and int increment is an input used by the adder function.

The createAdder function is called in the Start Code section of the Block Parameters to construct an object of the Adder class. The deleteAdder function is called in the Terminate Code section to destruct the created Adder class object. In the Output Code section, the adderOutput function is called. In this example the ports of the C Function block are configured as follows:

  • The Adder class object, obj, return by the createAdder function is a persistent symbol of the C Function block.

  • The input of the C Function block is mapped to increment.

  • The output of the C Function block is mapped to the return value of the adderOutput function.

model = 'slexCFunctionAdder';