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Swift for loop statement

Simple for statement

A simple for statement consists of an initializer, condition and an increment/decrement. In the following example, we have an variable i initialized to 0 and we check for a condition i<2 and use an increment i++. This i++ could be i+1 or i-2 and so on. It depends on your need.

for(var i = 0; i<2; i++){



for in with dictionaries

We can access an key value of dictionaries with for in statement. A simple example is shown below.

var dict = ["1":"Eezy", "2":"Tutorials"]
for (key,value) in dict
    println("\(key) : \(value)")


2 : Tutorials
1 : Eezy

for in with arrays

We can access an array of values with for in statement. A simple example is shown below.

var array = ["Eezy", "Tutorials"]
for value in array



for in with ranges

Ranges provides more power to for. You can just specify the starting and finishing values of a range. A simple example is given below. The range includes the starting and ending number

for i in 0...3




Swift if statement


A simple example is shown below. As the name implies the block of statement for if executes if the condition is satisfied.

let a = 20
if a == 20 {



if else example

A simple if else example is shown below.

let a = 10
if a == 20 {
println("Not 20")


Not 20

if else ladder example

let a = 3
if a == 1 {
println("Number is 1")
else if a == 2 {
println("Number is 2")
else if a == 3 {
println("Number is 3")
println("UnKnown number")


Number is 3

Optionals and if statement

var name: String?
if let tempName = name {
    println("value present")
else {



You can see that optionals can be checked with if let syntax. Also, it copies the variable locally and helps us not making changes to the original value.

Swift – Switch cases


Firstly, in Swift, you no longer need to add break statement like other conventional programming languages like C. The other use of break was that if you don’t call break, it will automatically execute other cases too. For this purpose, we have fallthrough method that makes the next cases to be executed even if the current case succeeds. Let us now look at some examples.

Simple Switch case example

let a = 10
switch (a){
case 1:
case 10:



Another important thing to note is that, cases should be exhaustive and hence we should add a default case to make it exhaustive. The default case should have at least one statement. The one statement could be even break if you don’t need to do any other stuff.

Switch Ranges example

let a = 4
switch (a){
case 1...10:



In the above example refers to range 1 to 10 with both 1 and 10 included.

Switch with fallthrough example

let a = 4
switch (a){
case 1...10:
println("One to ten")
case 5...10:
println("five to ten")


One to ten
five to ten

As you can see in the above example, fallthrough enable all the subsequent cases to be executed. You may need to use break in case you want to break in one of the cases while using fallthrough.

Simple tuples example

let a = ("raj", 10)
switch (a){
case ("raj",10):
case ("john",20):



Tuples enables us to pass multiple values and it is supported in switch case as well. In the above example, we have used a simple string and number comparison.

Swift – function-type


Swift function type makes the function to be a first class citizen. You can pass function like objects to any other function like parameters or return values.

Every function has a function type. This function type consists of the parameters and return values. A simple example for function type is shown below.

func add(number1:Int, number2:Int)->Int{
return number1 + number2
let myAddFunction = add

When you run the above program, we will get the following output.



Swift – Dictionary


Dictionary in swift are used to key value pairs of some data type. The syntax for dictionary in swift is as shown below.

var (or let for constant) myFirstDictionary = [Key:value.. Key:Value]

Some example dictionaries are shown below.

var myFirstDictionary = [:]
var mySecondDictionary = ["Key1":"Value1","Key2":"Value2"]
var myThirdDictionary:Dictionary = ["Key1":"Value1","Key2":"Value2"]
var myOptionalFourthDictionary:Array?

When you run the above program, we will get the following output.

mySecondDictionary:[Key2: Value2, Key1: Value1]
myThirdDictionary:[Key2: Value2, Key1: Value1]

Adding Values to an Dictionary

In array, adding values is made easy with the use simple hashing structure. An example is shown below

var myDictionary:Dictionary = [:]
myDictionary["Key1"] = "New Value 1"

When you run the above program, we will get the following output.

myDictionary:[Key1: New Value 1]


Swift – Arrays


Arrays in swift are used to store values of same data type. The syntax for arrays in swift is as shown below.

var (or let for constant) myFirstArray = [values]

Some example arrays are shown below.

var myFirstArray = []
var mySecondArray = ["Value1","Value2"]
var myThirdArray:Array = ["Value1","Value2"]
var myOptionalFourthArray:Array?

When you run the above program, we will get the following output.

mySecondArray:[Value1, Value2]
myThirdArray:[Value1, Value2]

Adding Values to an array

In array, adding values is made easy with the use of += operator overloading. You also have append method and insert methods for inserting to array. An example is shown below

var myArray:Array = []
myArray += ["New Value 1"]
myArray += ["New Value 2"]

When you run the above program, we will get the following output.

myArray:[New Value 1, New Value 2, New Value 4, New Value 3]


Swift – Structures


Structures is used to represent a collection of different types. In swift, it is possible to have initializers and methods like classes. The most common difference is that class instance is passed as reference and structure is passed as copy.

struct structureName{
   //variables and methods
// Structure initialization
let variableName = structureName(variable1:initialValue1,...,variablen:initialValuen)


struct Student{
var name:String
var rollNo:String
func desc()->String{
return "The name of student with roll number\(rollNo) is \(name)"


Swift – Class

Class is something that acts as  a template to represent object properties and behaviour. For example, let us consider a real world object car. This object may contain properties like color, speed, model name and so on. It may have behaviours like accelerate, brake and so on.

class className:SuperClass,ConformingProtocol1,..ConformingProtocoln{
   //variables and methods


class Car:Vehicle,DrivingProtocol{
var turbo:String
func addTurbo(){
//Add turbo


Swift – Protocols


Protocols provides ability for us to define properties and methods that a task should conform to. For example, let us consider we have a Driving protocol. It may have methods and properties like brake and speed that conforming Car class should implement.


protocol protocolName{
//methods and properties


protocol DrivingProtocol{
var speed: Int { get }
func brake()
//Implemetation of protocol in class car
class Car:Vehicle,DrivingProtocol{
   func brake(){
      //Add brake actions

Objective C Compatible Protocol Syntax

@objc protocol protocolName{
//methods and properties
//optional methods


@objc protocol DrivingProtocol{
var speed: Int { get }
   func brake()
//Implemetation of protocol in class car
class Car:Vehicle,DrivingProtocol{
   //Optional to add brake function

Tuples in Swift for multiple return values


Tuples are a great addition to Swift. It provides the ability for functions to return multiple values. In Objective-C and other languages, we need to use either custom objects or array of objects to return multiple values. Tuples helps us overcome this.


func functionName(parameters with types)->(return values with types)


func mathOperations(number1:Int ,number2:Int)->(add:Int ,sub:Int, mul:Int, div:Int )
return (number1+number2, number1-number2, number1*number2, number1/number2)

Calling a function

var a:(Int ,Int, Int, Int ) = mathOperations(1,number2: 2)


3 -1 2 0

Swift – Datatypes


As per apple documentation, Swift types can be classified into two, namely,

Each of these types are explained below in detail.

Named types

Named types, as the name implies are types with variable names. The named types can be both Swift standard library types and user defined types. It includes the following,

We will be covering primitive types and optional types in this page and the rest in their respective pages to which they are linked.

Primitive Types

In all programming languages, we have some basic types that available part of the language. In swift, we have these types availed through the Swift standard library. These include the types for numbers, characters and strings. The following table covers all the primitive types.

Represents an unsigned integer. Internally Int refers to UInt32 in 32 bit platform and UInt64 in 64 bit platform.12Double
Represents 64 bit floating point number.

Primitive Types
SNo. Type and use
1 Int
Represents an integer. Internally Int refers to Int32 in 32 bit platform and Int64 in 64 bit platform.
2 Int64
Represents 64 bit integer.
3 Int32
Represents 32 bit integer.
4 Int16
Represents to 16 bit integer.
5 Int8
Represents to 8 bit integer.
7 UInt64
Represents 64 bit unsigned integer.
8 UInt32
Represents 32 bit unsigned integer.
9 UInt16
Represents 16 bit unsigned integer.
10 UInt8
Represents 8 bit unsigned integer.
11 Float
Represents 32 bit floating point number.
13 Bool
Represents a boolean and has two states true and false.
14 Character
Represents a single character. It accepts unicode characters.
15 String
Represents strings which is actually a collection of type Character.

Some examples are given below for the above types.

var myInteger:Int = -100
println("myInteger: \(myInteger)")

var myUnsigedInteger:UInt = 100
println("myUnsigedInteger: \(myUnsigedInteger)")

var myFloat:Float = 98.95
println("myFloat: \(myFloat)")

var myDouble:Double = 88.85
println("myDouble: \(myDouble)")

var myBoolean:Bool = true;
println("myBoolean: \(myBoolean)")

var testChar:Character = "T";
println("testChar: \(testChar)")

var testString:String = "Eezy Tutorials";
println("testString: \(testString)")

When we run the above program, we will get the following output.

myInteger: -100
myUnsigedInteger: 100
myFloat: 98.9499969482422
myDouble: 88.85
myBoolean: true
testChar: T
testString: Eezy Tutorials

Note on Primitive datatypes

Quick Facts !!!

Primitive datatypes in Swift are created using structures and hence you cannot convert C types to Swift primitive types. Instead, you can use some equivalent types.

Optional Type

The primitive types are formed with the help of structures. The variables that refer to these primitive types can either contain value or no value. In order to set no value state, we should use the optional type. Optional type is formed by adding a question mark(?) to the primitive type. This optional type accepts nil for no value state. Example for optional type is given below.

var myOptionalInteger:Int?
println("myOptionalInteger: \(myOptionalInteger)")

myOptionalInteger = 10;
println("myOptionalInteger: \(myOptionalInteger)")

var myOptionalFloat:Float?
println("myOptionalFloat: \(myOptionalFloat)")

myOptionalFloat = 10.536;
println("myOptionalFloat: \(myOptionalFloat)")

var myOptionalString:String?
println("myOptionalString: \(myOptionalString)")

myOptionalString = "Eezy Tutorials";
println("myOptionalString: \(myOptionalString)")

When we run the above program, we will get the following output.

myOptionalInteger: nil
myOptionalInteger: 10
myOptionalFloat: nil
myOptionalFloat: 10.53600025177
myOptionalString: nil
myOptionalString: Eezy Tutorials

Quick Note to Objective C developers

Remember !!!

The nil used in Objective-C is not equivalent to the nil used in Swift. nil is a pointer to non existing object in Objective-C and in Swift used for non existent value including primitive types with the help of optionals.

Compound types

Compound types is type without name that can contain named and compound types. It includes,

Use the respective links to know more with relevant examples.


Swift – Lexical Structure


In this section, we will see the variable valid tokens that forms the basic structure of the swift program also called the lexical structure. The valid tokens include,


Comments are those statements intended to add some additional information to fellow developers. These statements are ignored and skipped by the compiler. We have two types of comments namely single line comments and multiline (or block) comments as shown below in example.

// Single line comment 
/* Multi line (or block) comment - can use
multiple lines */


Whitespace is used to separate different tokens and also add readability to code. Whitespace characters for readability especially used in binary operations are ignored and skipped by the compiler. An example shown below in example.

var a = 19 
var sum = a + 20

You can find whitespace characters found in the above example. The space between var and a are mandatory as they are two different tokens. But the space between a and =, and the space between = and 19 are just for readability. Similar whitespace characters are used in sum = a + 20 only for readability.


Identifiers can contain alphabets, numbers and combining unicode characters. Identifiers can begin with an upper case or lower case letter A through Z, an underscore (_), a noncombining alphanumeric unicode character in the basic multilingual plane, or a character outside the basic multilingual plane that isn’t in a private use area as per apple swift language guide. Due to support of unicode characters, its now possible to name variables in your native languages across the world.

As in all programming languages, you cannot use keywords for identifiers. But, if you still want to use it, keyword can be used by adding a backtick(`) before and after it. But x and `x` are not different. Examples of valid identifiers are shown in following example.

_variable `class` name number123 
变量 भेरिएबल متغير variável পরিবর্তনশীল
переменная 変数


The list of keywords in swift are listed below.

class deinit enum
extension func import
init let protocol
static struct subscript
typealias var break
continue default do
else fallthrough if
in for return
switch where while
as dynamicType is
new super self
Self Type __COLUMN__
associativity didSet get
infix inout left
mutating none nonmutating
override precedence prefix
right set unowned
unowned(safe) unowned(unsafe) weak


Literals can be any three of the following.

  • Integer literals
  • Floating point literals
  • String literals

These are nothing but values we assign to variables. Examples of the above literals are given below.

// Integer literal 10
var a = 10
// Floating point literal 10.4
var b = 10.4
var c = "Hello"

Integer Literals

Integer literal can be represented in decimal, binary, octal and hexadecimal forms. An example for representing a integer decimal number 20 in different forms is shown below.

//Decimal integer literal 20
var a = 10
//Binary integer literal 20
var b = 00010100b
//Hexadecimal integer literal 20
var c = 14x
//Octal integer literal 20
var d = 24o

One of the new features available in swift is that you can use underscore(_) between digits for readability as shown below. Similarly, leading zeros will be ignored by compiler.

var a = 100_000_000

Floating point Literals

Floating point numbers can be simple decimal numbers, exponential numbers both decimal and hexadecimal floating point numbers. An simple example is shown below.

//Simple floating point number
var a = 10.5
//Exponent floating point number for 1050
var b = 10.5e2
//Exponent floating point number for 0.1050
var c = 10.5e-2
//Hexa decimal exponent floating point number for 40
var d = 0xAp2
//Hexa decimal exponent floating point number for 2.5
var d = 0xAp-2

String Literals

String literals are characters are enclosed within double quotes. Strings can contain escape sequences to represent characters like qoutes. Example for string literal is shown below.

var a = "test"
var a = "Hello\nWorld"

Escape sequences

Character Use
\0 Null Character
\\ Backslash
\t Horizontal Tab
\n New line
\r Carriage Return
\” Double Quote
\’ Single Quote


There are different operators supported in swift which includes + ,- ,* , /, %, ^, &, &&,| , ||, ++, –, ~, < ,> ,. ,-> ,!. The list of operators are explained in swift- operators tutorial.


Swift – First Program

To get started with Swift, download the latest Xcode 6 version.

Once you have completed installation of Xcode 6, Follow the steps to create a command line application.

  1. Open Xcode.
  2. Select File -> New -> Project.
  3. In the new window that appears, Select Applications under OS X.
  4. Select command line application and press Next.
  5. Enter “Product Name” and press Next.
  6. Select location to save for your new project.

Now, you will find a main.swift file created for you. It contains a Hello World example by default as shown below.

import Foundation

println("Hello, World!")

When we run the above program, we will get the following result in the debug console.

Hello, World!

The println is used print any statement in a new line. As you can see, you don’t need a semi colon to terminate the statement. Use NSLog function, if you want to log in a special formatted log with time and application name.

Note to Objective-C developers

Remember !!!

Unlike NSLog, println don’t add the time during which the log statement was executed. For strings including the one used in NSLog(“string”), never use @ symbol as in Objective-C.