Hello, my question is, what advantages do i have from using functions instead of scripts?
I am writing code with matlab for about one year now, my greatest project was about 1200 lines. I am fine with structuring my code with scripts & subscripts but lately i get in touch with the matlab GUI where i have to face functions. they appear to me as horribly inconvenient relatively to scrips. Can you give my reasons why i should ever use functions instead of scripts?
the pro arguments I have collected so far:
1) the private/public variables aspet. In fact I dont see where the difference is between a variabele that cannot be changed by other scripts/ functions and a variable that is not changed by other scripts by design (although it could if i wanted it to.) So this is no advantage for me.
1)communication between functions is labourus since i have to set the public property multiple times(!) per variable or use handles etc which i recognize as inconvenient but still best option.
2) VERY IMPORTANT: when the program aborts with an error, the workspace of a fuction is lost and i cant use it for debugging. i have to use breakpoints and wait (considerable time... data processing takes time sometimes) until the program gets to the same point again. this is actually what i spend most time on when developing.
so for me its 2:0 for using scripts. any ideas why i should use functions or where they are more practical than scripts?
thank you :)
[edid: sorry, the answeres semm not to show up chronologically, so maybe some comments by me wont fit into the thread at their current position anymore]