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iOS Build a Playlist Browser with Swift Building the Music Library and Playlist Models Using a Playlist Instance

Error: Cannot assign to 'backgroundColor' in 'self'

I am getting the error: Error: Cannot assign to 'backgroundColor' in 'self'. I typed the code Pasan demonstrated, but I am getting this error. I cannot see what I have done differently or how to resolve the issue. I cannot compile test the code without resolving this.

struct Playlist {
    let title: String?
    let description: String?
    let icon: UIImage?
    let largeIcon: UIImage?
    let artists: [String] = []
    let backgroundColor = UIColor.clearColor()

    init(index: Int){
        let musicLibrary = MusicLibrary().library
        let playlistDictionary = musicLibrary[index]

        title = playlistDictionary["title"] as! String!
        description = playlistDictionary["dictionary"] as! String!
        let iconName = playlistDictionary["icon"] as! String!
        icon = UIImage(named: iconName)
        let largeIconName = playlistDictionary["largeIcon"] as! String!
        largeIcon = UIImage(named: largeIconName)

        artists += playlistDictionary["artists"] as! [String]

        let colorsDictionary = playlistDictionary["backgroundColor"] as! [String : CGFloat]

        backgroundColor = rgbColorFromDictionary(colorsDictionary)


    func rgbColorFromDictionary (colorDictionary: [String:  CGFloat]) -> UIColor {
        let red = colorDictionary["red"]!
        let blue = colorDictionary["blue"]!
        let green = colorDictionary["green"]!
        let alpha = colorDictionary["alph"]!

        return UIColor(red: red/255.0, green: green/255.0, blue:  blue/255.0, alpha: alpha)



2 Answers

Anthony Babich
Anthony Babich
5,505 Points

You're using Let (a constant) and the instructor is using Var (variable). Let me know if that helps fix your problem. I would assume it can't assign anything to background color because constants cannot be changed after they have been declared.


I found the problem. I had both "artists" and "backgroundColor" as 'let' constants. Changing them to var fixed it.