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Operator overloading

Swift supports operator overloading, which is a fancy way of saying that what an operator does depends on the values you use it with. For example, + sums integers like this:

let meaningOfLife = 42
let doubleMeaning = 42 + 42

But + also joins strings, like this:

let fakers = "Fakers gonna "
let action = fakers + "fake"

You can even use + to join arrays, like this:

let firstHalf = ["John", "Paul"]
let secondHalf = ["George", "Ringo"]
let beatles = firstHalf + secondHalf

Remember, Swift is a type-safe language, which means it won’t let you mix types. For example, you can’t add an integer to a string because it doesn’t make any sense.

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