Kametrixom Kametrixom - 4 months ago 53
Swift Question

How do I implement Swift's Comparable protocol?

How do I use the Comparable protocol in Swift? In the declaration it says I'd have to implement the three operations <, <= and >=. I put all those in the class but it doesn't work. Also do I need to have all three of them? Because it should be possible to deduce all of them from a single one.

Answer

The Comparable protocol extends the Equatable protocol -> implement both of them

In Apple's Reference is an example from Apple (within the Comparable protocol reference) you can see how you should do it: Don't put the operation implementations within the class, but rather on the outside/global scope. Also you only have to implement the < operator.

Correct example:

class Person {
    let name : String

    init(name : String) {
        self.name = name
    }
}

func < (lhs: Person, rhs: Person) -> Bool {
    return lhs.name < rhs.name
}

func == (lhs: Person, rhs: Person) -> Bool {
    return lhs.name == rhs.name
}

let paul = Person(name: "Paul")
let otherPaul = Person(name: "Paul")
let ben = Person(name: "Ben")

paul > otherPaul  // false
paul <= ben       // false
paul == otherPaul // true
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