林鼎棋 - 5 months ago 44

Swift Question

I'm learning swift recently, but I have a basic problem that can't find an answer

I want to get something like

`var a:Int = 3`

var b:Int = 3

println( pow(a,b) ) // 27

but the pow function can work with double number only, it doesn't work with integer, and I can't even cast the int to double by something like Double(a) or a.double()...

Why it doesn't supply the power of integer? it will definitely return an integer without ambiguity !

and Why I can't cast a integer to a double? it just change 3 to 3.0 (or 3.00000... whatever)

if I got two integer and I want to do the power operation, how can I do it smoothly?

Thanks!

Answer

If you like, you could declare an `infix`

`operator`

to do it.

```
// Put this at file level anywhere in your project
infix operator ^^ { associativity left precedence 160 }
func ^^ (radix: Int, power: Int) -> Int {
return Int(pow(Double(radix), Double(power)))
}
// ...
// Then you can do this...
let i = 2 ^^ 3
// ... or
println("2³ = \(2 ^^ 3)") // Prints 2³ = 8
```

I used two carets so you can still use the XOR operator.