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Looking to learn how to sort Arrays in Swift? Well, look no further! Discover how you can sort Arrays in Swift, and learn how to sort a collection of objects by properties! This article explores the various methods and best practices for sorting Arrays, and the major differences between ‘sort’ and ‘sorted’ in Swift.
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Sorting an Array
Swift offers built-in methods for sorting arrays. These methods are not only efficient but also easy to implement, making them the first go-to solution. Let’s explore how you can utilise these methods for basic array sorting tasks.
Sorting Arrays of Simple Data Types
When dealing with arrays of simple data types like integers or strings, Swift’s
sorted() methods are incredibly useful.
sort() modifies the original array, while
sorted() returns a new array, keeping the original unaltered.
As seen in the example above the Array of Strings (fruits) is sorted alphabetically using
sort(), and the Array of Integers are sorted into a new Array numerically using
Sorting Arrays of Objects
Sorting Arrays of Objects requires a bit more thought. You often need to sort these based on specific properties or custom criteria. Swift’s powerful Closure syntax is useful here, allowing you to define exactly how your objects should be sorted.
Consider an array of
Car objects, each with a
colour property. To sort this Array by year, you could do the following:
Leveraging Swift’s built-in methods and understanding the nuances of sorting different types of data, can help you write more efficient, readable, and maintainable code. Remember, the key to sorting in Swift lies in choosing the right technique for the task at hand.
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