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Reading a specific item in an array after modification

Hi, maybe this is a trivial question but I wanted to know as the instructor pointed out that in the video lesson that creating a constant to read a certain item in a array. After modifying that particular item in the array the constant is still reading the unmodified element in the array. Any thoughts ?

Basically you cant assign an array's element to a constant like this;

let firstElement = someArray[0]

You are just copying the "value" of that array's element to a constant by doing this.

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// Collections and control flow // Array

var todo : [String] = ["Finish collection course","Buy groceries", "Respond to emails"]

// Add new item at the end of the array using append method todo.append("Pick up dry cleaning")

// Concatinating two arrays

[1,2,3] + [4]

todo += ["Order books online"]

// Array sub-scripting , taking out an element from an array


// In the above we have taken the 2nd item from the array todo

//Next we will read a specific item from the array

let secondTask = todo[1] let thirdTask = todo[2]

//Modifying existing values in an array

// Mutating an array

todo[2] = "Clean kitchen" todo[0] = "Watch Tree House content"


// I want to know why is the constant thirdTask giving the output "Respond to emails".

Check out value types and reference types. As I said before, you are just copying that array's element value to a constant, not assigning it to a constant. Thats why thirdTask doesn't change when you change todo[2]'s value.

1,142 Points

Thanks Halil for your feedback, I will def read about value types and references.