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Swift Interview Questions and Answers

by Nithyanandham, on Sep 11, 2022 6:09:46 PM

Interview Questions (26)
Q1. What is swift code programming?
Swift is a powerful and intuitive programming language for macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS. Writing Swift code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and Swift includes modern features developers love. Swift code is safe by design, yet also produces software that runs lightning-fast.
Q2. Is Swift Object Oriented Programming?
A huge piece of the programming puzzle in working with Cocoa, Objective-C and Swift is Object-Oriented Programming. Almost all modern programming languages use this approach, and wrapping your head around its concepts and patterns can be incredibly helpful when reading and writing code.
Q3. What is a class in Swift?
Classes and Structures. … An instance of a class is traditionally known as an object. However, Swift classes and structures are much closer in functionality than in other languages, and much of this chapter describes functionality that can apply to instances of either a class or a structure type.
Q4. What is a lazy variable in Swift?
Lazy Initialization with SwiftLazy initialization (also sometimes called   lazyinstantiation, or lazy loading) is a technique for delaying the creation of an object or some other expensive process until it’s needed. … This technique is so helpful, in fact, that Swift added direct support for it with the lazy attribute.

Q5. What is the question mark ? in Swift?

 The question mark ? is used during the declaration of a property, as it tells the compiler that this property is optional. The property may hold a value or not, in the latter case it’s possible to avoid runtime errors when accessing that property by using ?. This is useful in optional chaining (see below) and a variant of this example is in conditional clauses.

var optionalName : String? = “John"
if optionalName != nil {
print(“Your name is \(optionalName!)”)
Q6. Is Swift statically typed?
Swift itself, is statically typed. When used with Cocoa, you get access to the objective-c runtime library which gives you the ability to use dynamic classes, messages and all. This doesn’t mean the language itself is dynamicallytyped.

Q7.What is the use of double question marks ???

To provide a default value for a variable.

let missingName : String? = nil
let realName : String? = “John Doe"
let existentName : String = missingName ?? realName

Q8. What is the use of exclamation mark !?

 Highly related to the previous keywords, the ! is used to tell the compiler that I know definitely, this variable/constant contains a value and please use it (i.e. please unwrap the optional). From question 1, the block that executes the ifcondition is true and calls a forced unwrapping of the optional’s value. There is a method for avoiding forced unwrapping which we will cover below.

Q9. What is type aliasing in Swift?

This borrows very much from C/C++. It allows you to alias a type, which can be useful in many particular contexts.

typealias AudioSample = UInt16

Q10. What is the difference between functions and methods in Swift?Both are functions in the same terms any programmer usually knows of it. That is, self-contained blocks of code ideally set to perform a specific task. Functions are globally scoped while methods belong to a certain type.

Q11. What is a double in Swift code?

Representing decimal numbers in a computer is done via so called Floating Point Numbers. Represented by the type Float in Swift. The Double type is a kind of floating point number but compared to the Float type it can hold twice as many digits hence the name Double 
Q12. What is the point of optional binding in Swift?
Optional binding and Optional Chaining. Swift has a feature that lets users to assign optional value to a variable or a constant. Optional variable or constant can contain a value or a nil value. Let us take the following example which tries to find a given string in a array of string.

Q13. What is the difference between let and var in Swift?</div>

 The let keyword is used to declare constants while var is used for declaring variables.

let someConstant = 10
var someVariable : String

Here, we used the : string to explicitly declare that someVariable will hold a string. In practice, it’s rarely necessary — especially if the variable is  given an initial value — as Swift will infer the type for you. It is a  compile-time error trying to use a variable declared as a constant through  let and later modifying that variable.

Q14. How should one handle errors in Swift?

The method for handling errors in Swift differ a bit from Objective-C. In Swift, it’s possible to declare that a function throws an error. It is, therefore, the caller’s responsibility to handle the error or propagate it. This is similar to how Java handles the situation.

You simply declare that a function can throw an error by appending the throwskeyword to the function name. Any function that calls such a method must call it from a try block.

func canThrowErrors() throws -> String

//How to call a method that throws an error
try canThrowErrors()

//Or specify it as an optional
let maybe = try? canThrowErrors()</pre>

 Q15. What’s the syntax for external parameters?

The external parameter precedes the local parameter name.

func yourFunction(externalParameterName localParameterName :Type, ....) { .... }

A concrete example of this would be:

func sendMessage(from name1 :String, to name2 :String) { print("Sending message from \(name1) to \(name2)") }

Q16. What is a deinitializer in Swift?

 If you need to perform additional cleanup of your custom classes, it’s possible to define a block called deinit. The syntax is the following:

deinit { //Your statements for cleanup here } Typically, this type of block is used when you have opened files or external connections and want to close them before your class is deallocated.
 Q17. What is swift compiled to?

Swift, like Objective-C, is compiled to machine code that runs on the Objective-C runtime. The compiler is optimized for performance, and the language is optimized for development, without compromising on either.

Q18. What are optional binding and optional chaining in Swift?

Optional bindings or chaining come in handy with properties that have been declared as optional. Consider this example:

class Student {
var courses : [Course]?
let student = Student()

Optional chaining

If you were to access the courses property through an exclamation mark (!) , you would end up with a runtime error because it has not been initialized yet. Optional chaining lets you safely unwrap this value by placing a question mark (?), instead, after the property, and is a way of querying properties and methods on an optional that might contain nil. This can be regarded as an alternative to forced unwrapping.

Optional binding

Optional binding is a term used when you assign temporary variables from optionals in the first clause of an if or while block. Consider the code block below when the property courses have yet not been initialized. Instead of returning a runtime error, the block will gracefully continue execution.

if let courses = {
print("Yep, courses we have")

The code above will continue since we have not initialized the courses array yet. Simply adding:

init() { courses = [Course]() }

Will then print out “Yep, courses we have.”

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