I'm currently trying to lay out my first from scratch project on veroboard. While I get connecting things in series and parallel I'm trying to work out if a + shaped connection and a pair of + shapes would be equivalent.
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For simple projects on Veroboard, they're exactly equivalent electrically. However, there are other things you need to consider.
However, I think that a better question is to ask whether they're equivalent to you.
There's been some research (I can't remember where at the moment - Can anybody help?) that there's an inverse correlation between the number of wires coming from a single node and the readability of a schematic. For some circuits it makes sense, but for others it makes more sense to treat one wire as a bus and have the others coming off of it at different points instead of one crowded location on the schematic.
On a more physical sense, consider the ease of reworking the above wires. If you wanted to remove or replace a component, would it be easier to work on a joint which branches in three directions or just connects to a single wire?
They're electrically equivalent, but there are differences in their perceived meaning in a schematic and their physical construction.