1. ## Diamond diplay

I'm having trouble getting this to work with only 2 cout statements. I have 4 at the moment. This is my first class in programming. Any help would be appreciated, to shine some light on my frustrated head.

Code:
```#include "stdafx.h"
#include <iostream>
#include <string>

using namespace std;

int const MAXSTARS = 9;
int i , j ;

class Diamond
{
private:

public:
Diamond(){

// top half of diamond
for(i = 0 ; i < (MAXSTARS/2 + 1) ; i++)
{
for(j = i ; j < (MAXSTARS/2) ; j++)    // used to align, putting in spaces
cout << " " ;

for(j = 1 ; j <= (i*2 + 1) ; j++)  // puts in the actual astericks
cout << "*" ;

cout << endl ;
}

// bottom half of diamond
for(i = (MAXSTARS/2) ; i > 0 ; i--)
{
for(j = (MAXSTARS/2 + 1) ; j > i ; j--)  // used to align, putting in spaces
cout << " " ;

for(j = (i*2 - 1) ; j > 0 ; j--) // puts in the actual astericks
cout << "*" ;

cout << endl ;
}

}

};
int _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR* argv[])
{
Diamond DM;

return 0;
}```

2. you can just make a string, and everytime you want to add something to it instead of using cout

3. Hello,

Maybe you get a idea from this code which made a triangle.

Code:
```#include <string>

using namespace std ;

int main()
{

// hoe groot moet de driehoek worden
int height = 31 ;

// Hoeveel rijen heeft de driehoek nodig

int rijen = height - (height/2);

for (int r = 0; r != rijen; ++r) {

string::size_type c = 0;

// invariant: we have written `c' characters so far in the current row
while (c != height ) {

// are we on the border?
if (r==0 || c==r || c == height -r -1)
{
cout << "*";
c++ ;
}
else
{
cout << ' ' ;
c++ ;
}
}

cout << endl;
}

}```
Roelof