Vyacheslav Vyacheslav - 1 month ago 12
Swift Question

Get a value at index from range

I want to retrieve a random emoji inside the range.

let emojiRanges = [
let flattenEmoji = emojiRanges.flatten()
// the loop for emoji works
for i in flattenEmoji {

let st = String(format:"0x%2X %@", i, String(UnicodeScalar(i)))

// but this is not possible to obtain value at wanted index
//there is a compiler error:
let randomSign = String(UnicodeScalar(flattenEmoji[arc4random_uniform(UInt32(flattenEmoji.count))]))
print("RANDOM \(randomSign)")

the error:

ViewController.swift:68:67: Cannot subscript a value of type
'FlattenBidirectionalCollection<[Range]>' (aka
'FlattenBidirectionalCollection>>') with an index of
type 'UInt32'

What is the proper way to get a result?


The problem is that flatten() is lazily applied, and therefore returns a special FlattenBidirectionalCollection, which is indexed by a FlattenBidirectionalCollectionIndex, rather than an Int.

The simplest solution therefore would be to simply use the Array(_:) constructor (or flatMap(_:)) in order to eagerly apply the flattening of the ranges, which will create an array that you can then subscript with an Int.

let flattenEmoji = Array(emojiRanges.flatten()) // In Swift 3, flatten() is named joined()

let randomIndex = Int(arc4random_uniform(UInt32(flattenEmoji.count)))
let randomSign = String(UnicodeScalar(flattenEmoji[randomIndex]))

If you wish to keep the flattening being lazily applied, you could subscript the FlattenBidirectionalCollection directly (for Swift 2) through using advancedBy(_:) on the collection's startIndex:

let randomIndex = flattenEmoji.startIndex.advancedBy(Int(arc4random_uniform(UInt32(flattenEmoji.count))))
let randomSign = String(UnicodeScalar(flattenEmoji[randomIndex]))

In Swift 3, as collections move their indices, you'd want use the collection's index(_:offsetBy:) method instead:

let randomIndex = flattenEmoji.index(flattenEmoji.startIndex, offsetBy: Int(arc4random_uniform(UInt32(flattenEmoji.count))))