Evaluate blocks of code from the editor


over the course of my studies I have been using Matlab at university a lot, so I have grown quite accustomed to Matlab.

While I nowadays often use Octave, I really like the feature of Matlab to evaluate blocks of code from the editor. I.e. when hitting shift+enter all code between block-comments %% is evaluated.
With Octave I need to select the respective lines and hit F9, which, while being feasible, is not what I would prefer.

Is there any chance that we get some more Matlab look&feel in the form of evaluating blocks of code?