Dates & Components in Swift 2.0

Another topic that has been changed in Swift 2.0 is how to work with dates.

I’m digging into this topic for my upcoming app and I’ve found that most documentation on the web refers to Swift 1.2. So here are some snippets to create dates using components:

//CreateDateFromComponents (1st January 2016)

       var newDate = NSDate()

       let newDateComponents: NSDateComponents = NSDateComponents()

       newDateComponents.setValue(1, forComponent: NSCalendarUnit.Day)

       newDateComponents.setValue(1, forComponent: NSCalendarUnit.Month)

       newDateComponents.setValue(2016, forComponent: NSCalendarUnit.Year)

       newDate = NSCalendar.currentCalendar().dateFromComponents(newDateComponents)!


//AddToDateFromComponents (1 day, 1 month and 1 year to today)


        var newDate = NSDate()

        let newDateComponentsWhereQueryShouldBegin: NSDateComponents = NSDateComponents()

        newDateComponents.setValue(1, forComponent: NSCalendarUnit.Day)

        newDateComponents.setValue(1, forComponent: NSCalendarUnit.Month)

        newDateComponents.setValue(1, forComponent: NSCalendarUnit.Year)

        newDate = NSCalendar.currentCalendar().dateByAddingComponents(newDateComponents, toDate: newDate, options: NSCalendarOptions(rawValue: 0))! 


Hope this proves useful. If you would have any suggestions on how to improve you know where to reach me, @MarcMasVi in Twitter.




Evaluate string width and return CGFloat (Swift, OSX)

This morning I’ve been working in a Swift function to detect the width of a given text and return a CGFloat. 

I’ve not found that many examples on the web for OSX, so here you have what I’ve done in all of its glory:

func evaluateStringWidth (textToEvaluate: String) -> CGFloat{

    letfont = NSFont.userFontOfSize(NSFont.systemFontSize())

    let attributes = NSDictionary(object: font!, forKey:NSFontAttributeName)

    let sizeOfText = textToEvaluate.sizeWithAttributes((attributes as! [String : AnyObject]))


    return sizeOfText.width



If you would have any suggestions on how to improve you know where to reach me, @MarcMasVi in Twitter.

CSV Parser Swift 2

One of the features I’m adding to an upcoming app is the ability to import CSV files. For that purpose I looked around for code already available (and found several options, see below), however none of them compelled me enough so I decided to create my own. 

The main objective was to make it as simple as possible and, of course, coded in Swift 2. Note however that I’m still learning so if you would have any suggestions / feedback send them my way! Here it is in all of its glory:


//  CSVImporter.swift

//  Controller


//  Created by Marc on 5/8/15.

//  Copyright (c) 2015 MMV Solucions S.L. All rights reserved.



import Cocoa


class CSVImporter: NSObject {


    var columnDelimiter = “,”

    var textDelimiter = “\””

    var rowDelimiter = “\n”

    var doesItHaveHeader = true

    var rowsFromString : Array<String> = []

    var finalParsedCsv : Array<Array<String>> = []





    func retrieveCsvFileAndReturnRows(path path: String ) -> Array<Array<String>>? { //Main


        let stringToParse: String?


            stringToParse = try String(contentsOfFile: path, encoding: NSUTF8StringEncoding)

        } catch _ {

            stringToParse = nil


        var unwrappedStringToParse=“”


        if (stringToParse == nil) { return nil } else {

            unwrappedStringToParse = stringToParse! }


        //Cleaning string

        unwrappedStringToParse = stringToParse!.stringByReplacingOccurrencesOfString(“\r”, withString: “\n”)

        unwrappedStringToParse = unwrappedStringToParse.stringByReplacingOccurrencesOfString(“\n\n”, withString: “\n”)


        //Storing by rows

        rowsFromString = unwrappedStringToParse.componentsSeparatedByString(rowDelimiter)


        //Removing header

        if (doesItHaveHeader == true){




        //Converting and adding rows

        for iteratorString in rowsFromString {


            if(iteratorString.rangeOfString(textDelimiter) != nil){ //We have detected double quotes

                let arrayContainingDoubleQuotes = iteratorString.componentsSeparatedByString(columnDelimiter)

                var newArrayAccountingForQuotes : Array <String> = []

                var tempArrayContainingNewWord : Array <String> = []

                var inDoubleQuoteLoop = false

                var newStringFromSplittedWord = “”

                for stringToTestForDoublequotes in arrayContainingDoubleQuotes{

                    if stringToTestForDoublequotes.rangeOfString(textDelimiter) != nil || inDoubleQuoteLoop == true {

                        if stringToTestForDoublequotes.rangeOfString(textDelimiter) != nil && inDoubleQuoteLoop == false {


                            inDoubleQuoteLoop = true



                            newStringFromSplittedWord = “”.join(tempArrayContainingNewWord)


                            //Maybe add here option to remove “

                            inDoubleQuoteLoop = false



                    }else{ //No double quotes found and not in the middle of text, add to new array











        //Final cleaning

        var row = 0

        for iteratorForFinalCleaning in finalParsedCsv{

            var column = 0

            for _ in iteratorForFinalCleaning{

                //Get the text of these coordinates

                var tempStringToRemoveCommas = finalParsedCsv[row][column]

                if (tempStringToRemoveCommas.rangeOfString(textDelimiter) != nil){

                //Do the needed changes into the text

                tempStringToRemoveCommas = tempStringToRemoveCommas.stringByReplacingOccurrencesOfString(textDelimiter, withString: “”)

                //Add result back to the arrayOfParsedContent

                finalParsedCsv[row].insert(tempStringToRemoveCommas, atIndex: column)














Remember I’m still on my Swift beginnings, if you want other options check out SwiftCSV or this post