Swift: Using keys and values

Using keys and values of Swift’s Dictionary:

What if we didn’t have to loop through a dictionary’s keys and values in Swift? We can create collections of a dictionary’s keys and values using the properties .keys and .values, which we can then loop through.

The .keys property stores dictionary keys, while the .values property stores dictionary values.

For example:

var vegetablesStand = [
  "Tomato": 21,
  "Onion": 18,
  "Radish": 8

The following keys will be printed by the print() statement in the above snippet:

["Onion", "Tomato", "Radish"]

If we printed vegetablesStand.values, we’d get the following results:

[18, 8, 21]

These properties can be used to specify how a dictionary should be iterated through.

For example, if we only need the names of the vegetables to create a list of what we sell, we can iterate through just the keys of vegetablesStand by appending .keys to the dictionary name:

for fruit in vegetablesStand.keys {

This would result in something like this:


To find the total number of vegetables in stock, we could append .values to vegetablesStand and loop through the values in our dictionary:

var count = 0;
for vegetablesStock in vegetablesStand.values {
  count += vegetablesStock;
print(count);  // Prints: 47

Helpful Tools:

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