Question:

The following code snippet results in a compile time error:

struct IntStack {
  var items = [Int]()
  func add(x: Int) {
    items.append(x) // Compile time error here.
  }
}

Explain why a compile time error occurs. How can you fix it?

Answer:

Structures are value types. By default, the properties of a value type cannot be modified from within its instance methods.

However, you can optionally allow such modification to occur by declaring the instance methods as ‘mutating’; e.g.:

struct IntStack {
  var items = [Int]()
  mutating func add(x: Int) {
    items.append(x) // All good!
  }
}

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