Swift – Check string for nil & empty


Is there a way to check strings for nil and "" in Swift? In Rails, I can use blank() to check.

I currently have this, but it seems overkill:

    if stringA? != nil {
        if !stringA!.isEmpty {
            ...blah blah

Best Answer

If you're dealing with optional Strings, this works:

(string ?? "").isEmpty

The ?? nil coalescing operator returns the left side if it's non-nil, otherwise it returns the right side.

You can also use it like this to return a default value:

(string ?? "").isEmpty ? "Default" : string!