Dave G Dave G - 3 months ago 19
iOS Question

Is This a Variable or a Function? Or Both?

I'm following this tutorial and the starter project includes a UITableViewCell class with this code:

var product: SKProduct? {
didSet {
guard let product = product else { return }

textLabel?.text = product.localizedTitle

if RageProducts.store.isProductPurchased(product.productIdentifier) {
accessoryType = .checkmark
accessoryView = nil
detailTextLabel?.text = ""
} else {
ProductCell.priceFormatter.locale = product.priceLocale
detailTextLabel?.text = ProductCell.priceFormatter.string(from: product.price)

accessoryType = .none
accessoryView = newBuyButton()

This looks like a function without parameters. I've never seen a variable with an enclosure before. The first line is a var statement but starts an enclosure:

var product: SKProduct? {

Can anyone explain this?


In this example, product is a variable, and didSet is a function. More specifically, didset is a property observer. From Apple's documentation:

Property observers observe and respond to changes in a property’s value. Property observers are called every time a property’s value is set, even if the new value is the same as the property’s current value.

So the code inside of didSet will get executed any time you make a variable assignment, like:

product = someSKProduct