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iOS Swift Functions and Optionals Parameters and Tuples Tuples

Jordan Nilsson
Jordan Nilsson
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What is a tuple?

I don't understand what a tuple is. I don't understand what I'm supposed to do to complete the first task of this challenge.

func greeting(#language : String, #greeting : String) -> (String,String) {
    let language = "English"
    let greeting = "Hello \(person)"

    return blah

1 Answer

Hello Jordan Nilsson

Here is an example of the code you provide without a tuple, and then I will add the tuple.

So here we have the code you provided, please notice the comments in green.

func greeting(#language : String, #greeting : String) -> (String,String) {
    let language = "English"
    let greeting = "Hello \(person)"

    return blah // Where is blah coming from?
   A function, takes inputs in their parameters, and these are called arguments 
   and depending on what your function does, they return a value also known
   as output.  

// This function has only 1 parameter of type String, and it returns a String
// but it has no tuple and it does not need one. Lets create one.  

func greeting(person:String) -> String {
    let language = "English"
    let greeting = Hello \(person) 

    return greeting
    // we want this function to return TWO values, which is a tuple

                              // This is the tuple
func greeting(person: String) -> (String, String) {
    let language = English
    let greeting = Hello \(person)"

       // and we need to return the values as a tuple
    return (greeting, language)

Now we want to give the returns a name so that we know what we are going to return.

                          // we just modify the tuple, so the returns have names
func greeting(person: String) -> (greeting:String, language: String) {
    let language = "English"
    let greeting = "Hello \(person)"

    return (greeting, language) // this returns both constants

var result = greeting("Tom") // Here we give the function an argument
println(result.language) // this will print “English"

Hope this clears it a bit.. let me know if you don’t understand something.