Stateflow^{®} charts in Simulink^{®} models have an action language property that defines the operations that you can
use in state and transition actions. The language properties are:

MATLAB

^{®}as the action language.C as the action language.

For more information, see Differences Between MATLAB and C as Action Language Syntax.

This table summarizes the interpretation of all binary operations in Stateflow charts according to their order of precedence (0 = highest, 10 = lowest). Binary operations are left associative so that, in any expression, operators with the same precedence are evaluated from left to right. The order of evaluation for other operations is unspecified. For example, in this assignment

A = f() > g();

`f()`

and `g()`

is unspecified. For more predictable
results, it is good coding practice to split expressions that depend on the order of
evaluation into multiple statements.
Operation | Precedence | MATLAB as the Action Language | C as the Action Language |
---|---|---|---|

0 | Power. | Power. This operation is equivalent to the C library function
Enable this operation by
clearing the | |

1 | Multiplication. | Multiplication. | |

1 | Division. | Division. | |

1 | Remainder. Noninteger operands are first cast to integers. | ||

2 | Addition. | Addition. | |

2 | Subtraction. | Subtraction. | |

3 | Not supported. Use the | Shift | |

3 | Not supported. Use the | Shift | |

4 | Comparison, greater than. | Comparison, greater than. | |

| 4 | Comparison, less than. | Comparison, less than. |

| 4 | Comparison, greater than or equal to. | Comparison, greater than or equal to. |

| 4 | Comparison, less than or equal to. | Comparison, less than or equal to. |

| 5 | Comparison, equal to. | Comparison, equal to. |

| 5 | Comparison, not equal to. | Comparison, not equal to. |

| 5 | Not supported. Use the operation | Comparison, not equal to. |

| 5 | Not supported. Use the operation | Comparison, not equal to. |

6 | Logical AND. For bitwise AND, use the |
Bitwise AND (default). Enable this operation by selecting the **Enable C-bit operations**chart property.Logical AND. Enable this operation by clearing the **Enable C-bit operations**chart property.
For more information, see Bitwise Operations and Enable C-Bit Operations. | |

7 | Not supported. For bitwise XOR, use the | Bitwise XOR (default). Enable this operation by selecting the Enable C-bit operations chart property. For more
information, see Bitwise Operations and Enable C-Bit Operations. | |

8 | Logical OR. For bitwise OR, use the |
Bitwise OR (default). Enable this operation by selecting the **Enable C-bit operations**chart property.Logical OR. Enable this operation by clearing the **Enable C-bit operations**chart property.
For more information, see Bitwise Operations and Enable C-Bit Operations. | |

9 | Logical AND. | Logical AND. | |

10 | Logical OR. | Logical OR. |

This table summarizes the interpretation of all unary operations and actions in Stateflow charts. Unary operations:

Have higher precedence than the binary operators.

Are right associative so that, in any expression, they are evaluated from right to left.

Operation | MATLAB as the Action Language | C as the Action Language |
---|---|---|

| Logical NOT. For bitwise NOT, use the |
Bitwise NOT (default). Enable this operation by selecting the **Enable C-bit operations**chart property.Logical NOT. Enable this operation by clearing the **Enable C-bit operations**chart property.
For more information, see Bitwise Operations and Enable C-Bit Operations. |

| Not supported. Use the operation | Logical NOT. |

| Negative. | Negative. |

| Not supported. Use the expression | Increment. Equivalent to |

| Not supported. Use the expression | Decrement. Equivalent to |

This table summarizes the interpretation of assignment operations in Stateflow charts.

Operation | MATLAB as the Action Language | C as the Action Language |
---|---|---|

| Simple assignment. | Simple assignment. |

| Not supported. Use type cast operations to override fixed-point promotion rules. See Type Cast Operations. | Assignment of fixed-point numbers. See Override Fixed-Point Promotion in C Charts. |

| Not supported. Use the expression | Equivalent to |

| Not supported. Use the expression | Equivalent to |

| Not supported. Use the expression | Equivalent to |

| Not supported. Use the expression | Equivalent to |

| Not supported. Use the expression | Equivalent to `a = a&b` (bitwise AND). Enable this
operation by selecting the Enable C-bit
operations chart property. For more information, see Bitwise Operations and Enable C-Bit Operations. |

| Not supported. Use the expression | Equivalent to `a = a^b` (bitwise XOR). Enable this operation
by selecting the Enable C-bit operations chart
property. For more information, see Bitwise Operations and Enable C-Bit Operations. |

| Not supported. Use the expression | Equivalent to `a = a|b` (bitwise OR). Enable this operation
by selecting the Enable C-bit operations chart
property. For more information, see Bitwise Operations and Enable C-Bit Operations. |

To convert a value of one type to a value of another type, use type cast operations. You can cast data to an explicit type or to the type of another variable.

To cast a numeric expression to an explicit data type, use a MATLAB type conversion function of the form:

<type_fun>(expression)

* <type_fun>* is a type conversion function that can be

`double`

, `single`

, `int32`

, `int16`

, `int8`

, `uint32`

, `uint16`

, `uint8`

, or `fi`

.
`<type_fun>`

`boolean`

,
`int64`

, or `uint64`

. For example, this statement
casts the expression `x+3`

to a 16-bit unsigned integer and assigns its
value to the data `y`

:y = uint16(x+3)

Alternatively, in charts that use MATLAB as the action language, you can use the `cast`

function with a type keyword
* <type_key>*:

cast(expression,<type_key>)

Type keywords include `'double'`

, `'single'`

,
`'int32'`

, `'int16'`

, `'int8'`

,
`'uint32'`

, `'uint16'`

, and
`'uint8'`

. For instance, as in the preceding example, this statement
casts the expression `x+3`

to a 16-bit unsigned integer and assigns it to
`y`

:

y = cast(x+3,'uint16')

To make type casting easier, you can convert the type of a numeric expression based on the types of other data.

In charts that use MATLAB as the action language, call the `cast`

function with the
keyword `'like'`

. For example, this statement converts the value of
`x+3`

to the same type as that of data `z`

and assigns
it to `y`

:

y = cast(x+3,'like',z)

`z`

can have any acceptable Stateflow type.In charts that use C as the action language, the `type`

operator
returns the type of an existing Stateflow data. Use this return value in place of an explicit type in a
`cast`

operation. For example, this statement converts the value of
`x+3`

to the same type as that of data `z`

and assigns
it to `y`

:

cast(x+3,type(z))

This table summarizes the interpretation of all bitwise operations in Stateflow charts that use C as the action language.

Operation | Description |
---|---|

`a & b` | Bitwise AND. |

`a | b` | Bitwise OR. |

`a ^ b` | Bitwise XOR. |

`~a` | Bitwise NOT. |

| Shift `a` to the right by `b` bits. |

| Shift `a` to the left by `b` bits. |

Except for the bit shift operations `a >> b`

and ```
a <<
b
```

, you must enable all bitwise operations by selecting the **Enable
C-bit operations** chart property. See Enable C-Bit Operations.

Bitwise operations work on integers at the binary level. Noninteger operands are first cast to integers. Integer operands follow C promotion rules to determine the intermediate value of the result. This intermediate value is then cast to the type that you specify for the result of the operation.

Bitwise operations are not supported in charts that use MATLAB as the action language. Instead, use the functions `bitand`

, `bitor`

, `bitxor`

, `bitnot`

, or `bitshift`

.

The implicit cast used to assign the intermediate value of a bitwise operation can result in an overflow. To preserve the rightmost bits of the result and avoid unexpected behavior, disable the chart property **Saturate on Integer Overflows**.

For example, both charts in this model compute the bitwise operation `y = ~u`

. The charts compute the intermediate value for this operation by using the target integer size of 32 bits, so the 24 leftmost bits in this value are all ones. When the charts assign the intermediate value to `y`

, the cast to `uint8`

causes an integer overflow. The output from each chart depends on how the chart handles integer overflows.

If

**Saturate on Integer Overflow**is enabled, the chart saturates the result of the bitwise operation and outputs a value of zero.If

**Saturate on Integer Overflow**is disabled, the chart wraps the result of the bitwise operation and outputs its eight rightmost bits.

For more information, see Saturate on Integer Overflow.

This table summarizes the interpretation of pointer and address operations in Stateflow charts that use C as the action language.

Operation | Description |
---|---|

| Address operation. Use with custom code and Stateflow variables. |

| Pointer operation. Use only with custom code variables. |

For example, the model sf_bus_demo contains a custom C function that takes pointers as arguments. When
the chart calls the custom code function, it uses the `&`

operation to
pass the Stateflow data by address. For more information, see Integrate Custom Structures in Stateflow Charts.

Pointer and address operations are not supported in charts that use MATLAB as the action language.

If you have Embedded
Coder^{®} or Simulink Coder™, you can configure the code generator to apply a code replacement library
(CRL) during code generation. The code generator changes the code that it generates for
operations to meet application requirements. With Embedded
Coder, you can develop and apply custom code replacement libraries.

Operation entries of the code replacement library can specify integral or fixed-point operand and result patterns. You can use operation entries for these operations:

Addition

`+`

Subtraction

`-`

Multiplication

`*`

Division

`/`

For example, in this expression, you can replace the addition operator
`+`

with a target-specific implementation if `u1`

,
`u2`

, and `y`

have types that permit a match with an
addition entry in the code replacement
library:

y = u1+u2

C chart semantics limit operator entry matching because the chart uses the target integer size as its intermediate type in arithmetic expressions. For example, this arithmetic expression computes the intermediate addition into a target integer:

y = (u1 + u2) % 3

For more information about using code replacement libraries that MathWorks^{®} provides, see What Is Code Replacement? (Simulink Coder) and Code Replacement Libraries (Simulink Coder). For information about developing custom code
replacement libraries, see What Is Code Replacement Customization? (Embedded Coder) and Code You Can Replace From Simulink Models (Embedded Coder).