Intermediate Swift

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Creating a spaceship operator

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Creating a spaceship operator

When it comes to learning operator overloading, there is one operator that Swift lacks, that many other languages have, and is genuinely useful. In this article I’ll show you how to build the spaceship operator in Swift – it’s surprisingly easy, and useful too.

Understanding generics – part 1

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Understanding generics – part 1

Generics are one of the most powerful features of Swift, allowing us to write code once and reuse it in many ways. In this article we’ll explore how they work, why adding constraints actually helps us write more code, and how generics help solve one of the biggest problems in Swift.

Understanding generics – part 2

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Understanding generics – part 2

In this second tutorial on generics, we’re going to explore creating several different generic types, look at extending generics, and look at how we can apply our generics knowledge to create property wrappers.

The ultimate Box type

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The ultimate Box type

Boxing allows us to wrap up a struct in a class, to make it easy to share in several places. I’ve touched on boxing briefly previously, but here I want to take the concept much further to add useful protocol conformances that really powerful up its usefulness.

Removing optionals from your code

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Removing optionals from your code

Optionals are one of Swift’s most powerful features, letting us write code that is guaranteed to be safe as long as we check and unwrap them carefully. However, more often than not I prefer to avoid optionals as often as possible, and in this article I’ll outline some approaches for doing so.

Understanding assertions

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Understanding assertions

Assertions allow us to have Swift silently check the state of our program at runtime, but if you want to get them right you need to understand some intricacies. In this article I’ll walk you through the five ways we can make assertions in Swift, and provide clear advice on which to use and when.