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Returning closures from functions

In the same way that you can pass a closure to a function, you can get closures returned from a function too.

The syntax for this is a bit confusing a first, because it uses -> twice: once to specify your function’s return value, and a second time to specify your closure’s return value.

To try this out, we’re going to write a travel() function that accepts no parameters, but returns a closure. The closure that gets returned must be called with a string, and will return nothing.

Here’s how that looks in Swift:

func travel() -> (String) -> Void {
    return {
        print("I'm going to \($0)")
    }
}

We can now call travel() to get back that closure, then call it as a function:

let result = travel()
result("London")

It’s technically allowable – although really not recommended! – to call the return value from travel() directly:

let result2 = travel()("London")
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