[swift-evolution] Add an ifPresent function to Optional

Thorsten Seitz tseitz42 at icloud.com
Fri Mar 11 00:14:32 CST 2016

ifPresent is something I've used a lot in Java/Guava.
In Smalltalk we had at:ifPresent: for dictionary lookup which could then easily be simulated by lookup followed by ifPresent.


> Am 10.03.2016 um 22:55 schrieb Lammert Westerhoff via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org>:
> Currently the Swift Optional doesn’t have an ifPresent function. 
> This function is much like the map function except that the passed in function always returns Void. Almost the same can be done with the mapfunction, however the map function gives a compiler warning if it's result is unused. Also a map function can be ambiguous when there are multiple functions with the same name. The ifPresent will always pick the right function; i.e. the one returning Void and therefore is not ambiguous .
> The ifPresent function is like the map function very powerful. Some examples of its usage:
> let mapView: MKMapView = ... // some map view
> let annotation: MKAnnotation? = ... // some optional annotation
> annotation.ifPresent(mapView.addAnnotation)
> I also wrote a Blog Post about this topic in which I present it as an extension of Optional with some more examples where I find it very useful: https://swiftforward.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/add-ifpresent-to-swift-optionals/
> The implementation can be as simple as following:
> public func ifPresent(@noescape f: (Wrapped) throws -> Void) rethrows {
>    _ = try map(f)
> }
>> Lammert Westerhoff
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