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I have a question on the application and performance of disp and sprintf. Which one is recommended? For example, what is the difference between the following?
disp(['this is a test number: ' 12])
sprintf('this is a test number: %d', 12)
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As well as being more flexible, sprintf is also much faster than disp when joining strings together like you have shown.
for writing to the command window I normally use fprintf. This also allows you to write your own error/warning/information messages:
fprintf ( 2, 'my error(warning) message in RED!\n' );
The number 2 signifies that you want to write to the command window in red font.
The first of the two prints out the quoted string followed by a newline (character 12).
The second of the two prints out
ans = this is a test number: 12
sprintf() is much more flexible for formatting numbers and strings, but is not able to handle objects.