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Overloading Custom Operators in Swift

In this Swift tutorial, you'll learn how to create custom operators, overload existing operators, and set operator precedence.

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Great tutorial, especially the precedence group part that I just discovered :slight_smile:

I just want to clarify a point, when you introduce protocol operators, your first paragraph is :

Some protocols are required members of protocols. For example, a type that conforms to Equatable must implement the == operator. Similarly, a type that conforms to Comparable must implement at least < (and optionally >, >=, and <=)

You should note that Comparable protocol needs also to implement the == operator, since according to Comparable protocol reference, Comparable extends Equatable.

Only the < operator have to be implemented because, as written in the Comparable protocol reference, default implementation exists for the others :

Because default implementations of the remainder of the relational operators are provided by the standard library, you’ll be able to use !=, >, <=, and >= with instances of your type without any further code.

All these operators can be obtained by the two needed :

A != B    <=>      !(A == B)
A >  B    <=>       B < A
A <= B    <=>      (A < B) || (A == B) 
A >= B    <=>      (B < A) || (A == B)

Sorry for not replying sooner, I’ve been really backed up and haven’t had a chance to check in. You’re definitely correct, and I’ll make the appropriate changes in a couple hours to fix that error. Thanks for pointing it out!

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