Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Every Swift Value Type Should Be Equatable

Andrew Bancroft:

To be truly equal, the == operator not only needs to be implemented, but it needs to be implemented in such a way that it behaves as we’d expect when doing our comparisons. During the talk, Doug mentioned three important properties of equality that need to hold for our Value Types:

  1. The comparison must be reflexive
  2. The comparison must be symmetric
  3. The comparison must be transitive


If Reference Types are involved with your Value Type implementation, things could get a little more complicated. “Complicated” probably isn’t the right word… but you do have to think a little more about your Type’s equality semantics.

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