MATLAB Programming Style Guidelines

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13 pages of advice on writing clear code.


Updated Fri, 21 Feb 2003 17:01:48 +0000

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Advice on writing MATLAB code usually addresses efficiency concerns, with recommendations such as "Don't use loops." This document is different. Its concerns are correctness, clarity and generality. The goal of these guidelines is to help produce code that is more likely to be correct, understandable, sharable and maintainable.

This document lists MATLAB coding recommendations consistent with best practices in the software development community. These guidelines are generally the same as those for C, C++ and Java, with modifications for MATLAB features and history. The recommendations are based on guidelines for other languages collected from a number of sources and on personal experience.

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Richard Johnson (2022). MATLAB Programming Style Guidelines (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

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