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The libraries Octave itself uses can be utilized in standalone
applications. These applications then have access, for example, to the
array and matrix classes, as well as to all of the Octave algorithms. The
following C++ program, uses class Matrix from `liboctave.a` or
`liboctave.so`.

#include <iostream> #include <octave/oct.h> int main (void) { std::cout << "Hello Octave world!\n"; int n = 2; Matrix a_matrix = Matrix (n, n); for (octave_idx_type i = 0; i < n; i++) for (octave_idx_type j = 0; j < n; j++) a_matrix(i,j) = (i + 1) * 10 + (j + 1); std::cout << a_matrix; return 0; }

mkoctfile can be used to build a standalone application with a command like

$ mkoctfile --link-stand-alone standalone.cc -o standalone $ ./standalone Hello Octave world! 11 12 21 22 $

Note that the application `standalone`

will be dynamically linked
against the Octave libraries and any Octave support libraries. The above
allows the Octave math libraries to be used by an application. It does
not, however, allow the script files, oct-files, or builtin functions of
Octave to be used by the application. To do that the Octave interpreter
needs to be initialized first. An example of how to do this can then be
seen in the code

#include <iostream> #include <octave/oct.h> #include <octave/octave.h> #include <octave/parse.h> #include <octave/toplev.h> int main (void) { string_vector argv (2); argv(0) = "embedded"; argv(1) = "-q"; octave_main (2, argv.c_str_vec (), 1); octave_idx_type n = 2; octave_value_list in; for (octave_idx_type i = 0; i < n; i++) in(i) = octave_value (5 * (i + 2)); octave_value_list out = feval ("gcd", in, 1); if (! error_state && out.length () > 0) std::cout << "GCD of [" << in(0).int_value () << ", " << in(1).int_value () << "] is " << out(0).int_value () << std::endl; else std::cout << "invalid\n"; clean_up_and_exit (0); }

which, as before, is compiled and run as a standalone application with

$ mkoctfile --link-stand-alone embedded.cc -o embedded $ ./embedded GCD of [10, 15] is 5 $

It is worth noting that, if only builtin functions are to be called from
a C++ standalone program, then it does not need to initialize the
interpreter to do so. The general rule is that, for a builtin
function named `function_name`

in the interpreter, there will be
a C++ function named `Ffunction_name`

(note the prepended capital
`F`

) accessible in the C++ API. The declarations for all builtin
functions are collected in the header file `builtin-defun-decls.h`

.
This feature should be used with care as the list of built-in functions can
change. No guarantees can be made that a function that is currently built in
won’t be implemented as a .m file or as a dynamically linked function in the
future. An example of how to call builtin functions from C++ can be seen in the
code

#include <iostream> #include <octave/oct.h> #include <octave/builtin-defun-decls.h> int main (void) { int n = 2; Matrix a_matrix = Matrix (n, n); for (octave_idx_type i = 0; i < n; i++) for (octave_idx_type j = 0; j < n; j++) a_matrix(i,j) = (i + 1) * 10 + (j + 1); std::cout << "This is a matrix:" << std::endl << a_matrix << std::endl; octave_value_list in; in(0) = a_matrix; octave_value_list out = Fnorm (in, 1); double norm_of_the_matrix = out(0).double_value (); std::cout << "This is the norm of the matrix:" << std::endl << norm_of_the_matrix << std::endl; return 0; }

which, again, is compiled and run as a standalone application with

$ mkoctfile --link-stand-alone standalonebuiltin.cc -o standalonebuiltin $ ./standalonebuiltin This is a matrix: 11 12 21 22 This is the norm of the matrix: 34.4952

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