Linus Linus - 6 months ago 17
iOS Question

Swift days between two NSDates

I'm wondering if there is some new and awesome possibility to get the amount of days between two NSDates in Swift / the "new" Cocoa?

E.g. like in Ruby I would do:

(end_date - start_date).to_i

Answer

I translated my Objective-C answer

let start = "2010-09-01"
let end = "2010-09-05"

let dateFormatter = NSDateFormatter()
dateFormatter.dateFormat = "yyyy-MM-dd"

let startDate:NSDate = dateFormatter.dateFromString(start)
let endDate:NSDate = dateFormatter.dateFromString(end)

let cal = NSCalendar.currentCalendar()


let unit:NSCalendarUnit = .Day

let components = cal.components(unit, fromDate: startDate, toDate: endDate, options: nil)


println(components)

result

<NSDateComponents: 0x10280a8a0>
     Day: 4

The hardest part was that the autocompletion insists fromDate and toDate would be NSDate?, but indeed they must be NSDate! as shown in the reference.

I don't see how a good solution with an operator would look like, as you want to specify the unit differently in each case. You could return the time interval, but than won't you gain much.