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in Swift: Difference between Array VS NSArray VS [AnyObject]

As the title says, what’s the difference between Array vs NSArray vs [AnyObject]?

Also, what is most recommended way of approaching this. What i mean recommended is, what’s the easiest implementation. Thank you.

Array is a struct, therefore it is a value type in Swift.
NSArray is an immutable Objective C class, therefore it is a reference type in Swift and it is bridged to Array<AnyObject>.
NSMutableArray is the mutable subclass of NSArray.

var arr : NSMutableArray = ["Pencil", "Eraser", "Notebook"]
var barr = ["Pencil", "Eraser", "Notebook"]
func foo (var a : Array<String>)
{
a[2] = "Pen"
}
func bar (a : NSMutableArray)
{
a[2] = "Pen"
}
foo(barr)
bar(arr)
println (arr)
println (barr)

Prints:

(
Pencil,
Eraser,
Pen
)
[Pencil, Eraser, Notebook]

Because foo changes the local value of a and bar changes the reference.
It will also work if you do let arr instead of var as with other reference types.