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Checkpoint 8

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

Now that you understand how protocols and extensions work, it’s time to pause our learning and take on a challenge so you can put it all into practice.

Your challenge is this: make a protocol that describes a building, adding various properties and methods, then create two structs, House and Office, that conform to it. Your protocol should require the following:

  1. A property storing how many rooms it has.
  2. A property storing the cost as an integer (e.g. 500,000 for a building costing $500,000.)
  3. A property storing the name of the estate agent responsible for selling the building.
  4. A method for printing the sales summary of the building, describing what it is along with its other properties.

I’ll provide some hints in a moment, but first I recommend you go ahead and try it yourself.

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Still here? Okay, here are some hints:

  1. Start by designing the protocol fully before you go near any structs.
  2. Remember you can’t provide implementations for methods in your protocol.
  3. You get to decide whether your properties should be get-only or have getters and setters. For example, maybe the number of rooms is constant, but perhaps you also want to take into account someone adding an extension.
  4. You can control the read-write status of a property using { get } or { get set }.
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