Get user input in Swift

Here is a helper function that handles user input. You can just plop all this in a file called HelperFunctions.swift.


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4.0 International License, by Yong Bakos.


import Foundation

// Wait for the user to type something in the console, and return what
// they type as a String with the trailing newline character removed.
func getln() -> String {
    let stdin = NSFileHandle.fileHandleWithStandardInput()
    var input = NSString(data: stdin.availableData, encoding: NSUTF8StringEncoding)
    input = input!.stringByTrimmingCharactersInSet(NSCharacterSet.newlineCharacterSet())
    return input as! String


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