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iOS Swift Enums and Structs Enums Associated Values

Why's the downloadStatus a constant? Also, I don't understand the constant used under the case. success.

Isn't the downloadStatus suppose to be a variable? Also why is a constant needed in the case. Success? How is that constant valid even without assigning it.

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Why's the downloadStatus a constant?

In the context of the example- we don't need to change its value at any point. So a constant is suitable. The documentation clarifies this:

"If a stored value in your code is not going to change, always declare it as a constant with the let keyword. Use variables only for storing values that need to be able to change."

Also, I don't understand the constant used under the case. success.

All we're doing here is assigning the value of .Success to a new constant called success. I think its often confusing when the examples use the same words, but we could have just as easily used:

switch downloadStatus {
case .Success(let fred):
case .Failure(let simon):
Robert Fiorendino
Robert Fiorendino
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I completely agree that using the same words in examples is confusing, especially for someone to whom the idea is new. Thank you for the explanation.