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iOS Intermediate Swift 2 Extensions and Protocols Method Dispatch in a Protocol Extension

Greg Kaleka
Greg Kaleka
39,021 Points

String interpolation bug in this video

Just a quick note about a line of code in this video that introduces a bug. I know it's just an example, and the bug is incredibly minor, but I can't help myself :smile:. The line of code:

return "\(firstName) \(middleName ?? "") \(lastName)"

Anyone see what the problem is? If middleName is nil, we'll end up with firstNameย ย lastName, with two spaces. Here's a fix:

return "\(firstName) \(middleName != nil ? middleName! + " " : "")\(lastName)"

We check to see if middleName isn't equal to nil: if it's not, we add it plus a space, if it is nil, we add an empty string. importantly, we do not include a space between this statement and lastName.

Good catch. Nice fix!

1 Answer

James Estrada
James Estrada
Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree Student 25,866 Points

Actually you only need to remove the space in between the last parenthesis of middleName and the beginning of lastName from the original string interpolation, like this:

return "\(firstName) \(middleName ?? "")\(lastName)"
Greg Kaleka
Greg Kaleka
39,021 Points

This works if there's no middle name, but if a middle name does exist, you'll end up with "James AwesomeEstrada".