user1007522 user1007522 - 21 days ago 5
iOS Question

Dictionary has optional key

I'm having a array of

CNContact
and I sort them with this function:

for contact in self.contacts {

var contactName = contact.organizationName

let key: String = String(contactName.characters.first).uppercaseString
if let arrayForLetter = self.contactDictionary[key] {
self.contactDictionary[key]!.append(contact)
self.contactDictionary.updateValue(arrayForLetter, forKey: key)
} else {
self.contactDictionary.updateValue([contact], forKey: key)
}
}

self.keys = self.contactDictionary.keys.sort()


Where contactDictionary is of type:

var contactDictionary: [String: [CNContact]] = [String: [CNContact]]()
var keys: [String] = []


Now when I see the contactDictionary when it's filled it works except the key always
Optional(\"T"\")
or some other letter of course. But why is it optional? The key in the forloop is not optional so how does this come?

Answer

first property of Collection is of optional type, So you are getting optional probably here contactName.characters.first, if you wrapped it using if let or guard will solved your issue.

if let fc = name.characters.first {
    let key = String(fc).uppercaseString
}