Swift By Example - Values

Swift has a lot of the same kinds of value operators and expressions that you might be familiar with in other languages. Without getting into a bunch of theory, let’s just look at some code and figure out how values work in Swift.

print("hello " + "world")
print("1+1 =", 1+1)
print("7.0/3.0 =", 7.0/3.0)
print(true && false)
print(true || false)

You’ll notice, the + sign is overloaded as a concatenation operator, just like you would see in dynamic languages such as Python or JavaScript. That means, it can do addition like 1 + 1, but it can also combine two strings together such as hello and world.

Floating point arithmetic (that is to say, the 7.0 / 3.0 expression), operates like normal. The boolean expressions (true && false for example) are the same as what you would see in other languages.

Let’s see what values it produces! Save this as values.swift.

To compile this and run in real-time, we can open up our handy Terminal, and type the following command:

$ swift values.swift
hello world
1+1 = 2
7.0/3.0 = 2.3333333333333335