shle2821 shle2821 - 1 month ago 38
Swift Question

in Swift: Difference between Array VS NSArray VS [AnyObject]

As the title says, what's the difference between Array vs NSArray vs [AnyObject]?

Also, what is most recommended way of approaching this. What i mean recommended is, what's the easiest implementation. Thank you.

Answer

Array is a struct, therefore it is a value type in Swift. NSArray is an immutable Objective C class, therefore it is a reference type in Swift and it is bridged to Array<AnyObject>. NSMutableArray is the mutable subclass of NSArray.

var arr : NSMutableArray = ["Pencil", "Eraser", "Notebook"]
var barr = ["Pencil", "Eraser", "Notebook"]

func foo (var a : Array<String>)
{
    a[2] = "Pen"
}

func bar (a : NSMutableArray)
{
    a[2] = "Pen"
}

foo(barr)
bar(arr)

println (arr)
println (barr)

Prints:

(
    Pencil,
    Eraser,
    Pen
)
[Pencil, Eraser, Notebook]

Because foo changes the local value of a and bar changes the reference. It will also work if you do let arr instead of var as with other reference types.