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Metadata Interface to Property Validation

For information on property validation, see Validate Property Values.

You can determine what validation applies to a property by accessing the validation metadata. Instances of the meta.Validation class provide the following information about property validation.

  • Class requirement of the property specified as a meta.class object

  • Size requirements of the property value specified as an array of meta.FixedDimension and meta.UnrestrictedDimension objects

  • Function handles referencing validation functions applied to property values specified as a cell array of function handles.

For example, the ValidationExample class defines a property that must be an array of doubles that is 1-by-any number of elements and must be a real number that is greater than 10.

classdef ValidationExample
      Prop (1,:) double {mustBeReal, mustBeGreaterThan(Prop, 10)} = 200;

Access the meta.Validation object from the property's object. Get the validation information from the meta.Validation object properties. Collection this information into a cell array.

  • Get the size information from the Size property

  • Get the class name from the Class property

  • Get a cell array of function handles for the validation functions from the ValidatorFunctions property.

mc = ?ValidationExample;
mp = findobj(mc.PropertyList,'Name','Prop');
sz = mp.Validation.Size;
len = length(sz);
dim = cell(1:len);
   for k = 1:len
      switch class(sz(k))
         case 'meta.FixedDimension'
            dim{k} = sz(k).Length;
         case 'meta.UnrestrictedDimension'
            dim{k} = ':';
dim{end+1} = mp.Validation.Class.Name;
dim{end+1} = mp.Validation.ValidatorFunctions;

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