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Re: Needs[] and <<


<< is a special input form for Get.


<<name reads in a file, evaluating each expression in it, and returning
the last one. 

Needs["context`", "file"] loads file if the specified context is not
already in $Packages. 

But you probably knew that difference.  As to reasons The Book uses the
first rather than the second, I can only speculate.  Shorter to type,
for one; does no harm (except for some wasted time), for another.



Hans Friedrich Steffani wrote:
> 
> Why does the examples in the Mathematica book say
> << Graphics`Graphics`
> instead of
> Needs["Graphics`Graphics`"]
> ?
> 
> Hans Friedrich Steffani
> 
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> mailto:hans.steffani at e-technik.tu-chemnitz.de
> http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/~hfst/

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