didSet property observer is a great way to configure views linked via
IBOutlet. It allows you to set properties that need to be dynamic at runtime or that can’t be configured via Interface Builder:
[gist https://gist.github.com/JoshuaSullivan/80e8d53505dbe2f0868f file=”DidSetExample.swift”]
However, it’s worth keeping a simple rule in mind when you go about configuring your views with
Don’t reference other IBOutlet views or implicitly unwrapped properties in your didSet block.
The reason for this is simple: you have no way of knowing which order your IBOutlets will be set in, so the other view or property you’re trying to access may not be there. At best, you’re going to be nil-checking a lot and end up only partially configuring your views, requiring follow-up elsewhere in code. At worst, you’re going to accidentally force-unwrap a nil and crash your app.
It’s okay to reference external objects, as seen in the call to the
StyleManager above, as long as they’re non-optional and not subject to race conditions. The proper place to establish things like view layout relationships or properties from one view that copy the properties from another is still in