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Hi, everybody.

I am reviewing some old code and two questions came to mind.

1) Is it better to use “**\n**” or **endl**?

"**\n**" seems to be working just fine, but most code samples I see in books nowadays use **endl**. What is the difference?

2) For multi-line output statements, is it better to avoid repeating the **cout** part of the statement?

For example, at the beginning of the program, some instructions are output to the user; a sample block follows:

```
cout << "\nThe first entry of this file must be the degree, N, of the polynomial for\n";
cout << "which the roots are to be calculated.\n";
cout << "Entries for the coefficients of the polynomial should follow, starting with\n";
cout << "the coefficient for the highest power of x and working down to the coefficient\n";
```

Is it better to write this block as follows (one big long single **cout** statement)?

```
cout << "\nThe first entry of this file must be the degree, N, of the polynomial for\n"
<< "which the roots are to be calculated.\n"
<< "Entries for the coefficients of the polynomial should follow, starting with\n"
<< "the coefficient for the highest power of x and working down to the coefficient\n";
```