Well, SOAP is kinda old. But if for some reason you need to use it, here is how.

1. Create empty “Single View” project, you can call it “Swift-SOAP-with-Alamofire”
2. Create file named “Podfile” inside, your directory should look like this:
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3. Open “Podfile” and add following content:


target 'Swift-SOAP-with-Alamofire' do
pod 'Alamofire'
pod 'SWXMLHash'
pod 'AEXML'
pod 'StringExtensionHTML'

post_install do |installer|
  installer.pods_project.targets.each do |target|
    target.build_configurations.each do |config|

4. From terminal execute “pod install” (if you don’t have or don’t know what this command does, feel free to google)

5. After command is done, you should see new “Swift-SOAP-with-Alamofire.xcworkspace” file, close your project and open this one instead.

6. At top of your ViewController.swift file add:

import Alamofire
import SWXMLHash
import StringExtensionHTML
import AEXML

7. Below, add new structure for your country:

struct Country {
    var name:String = ""

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8. Inside ViewController create new function:

func getCountries(completion: (result: [Country]) -> Void) -> Void {
        var result = [Country]()
        let soapRequest = AEXMLDocument()
        let envelopeAttributes = ["xmlns:SOAP-ENV" : "http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/", "xmlns:ns1" : "http://www.webserviceX.NET"]
        let envelope = soapRequest.addChild(name: "SOAP-ENV:Envelope", attributes: envelopeAttributes)
        let body = envelope.addChild(name: "SOAP-ENV:Body")
        body.addChild(name: "ns1:GetCountries")
        let soapLenth = String(soapRequest.xmlString.characters.count)
        let theURL = NSURL(string: "http://www.webservicex.net/country.asmx")
        let mutableR = NSMutableURLRequest(URL: theURL!)
        mutableR.addValue("text/xml; charset=utf-8", forHTTPHeaderField: "Content-Type")
        mutableR.addValue("text/html; charset=utf-8", forHTTPHeaderField: "Content-Type")
        mutableR.addValue(soapLenth, forHTTPHeaderField: "Content-Length")
        mutableR.HTTPMethod = "POST"
        mutableR.HTTPBody = soapRequest.xmlString.dataUsingEncoding(NSUTF8StringEncoding)
            .responseString { response in
                if let xmlString = response.result.value {
                    let xml = SWXMLHash.parse(xmlString)
                    let body =  xml["soap:Envelope"]["soap:Body"]
                    if let countriesElement = body["GetCountriesResponse"]["GetCountriesResult"].element {
                        let getCountriesResult = countriesElement.text!
                        let xmlInner = SWXMLHash.parse(getCountriesResult.stringByDecodingHTMLEntities)
                        for element in xmlInner["NewDataSet"]["Table"].all {
                            if let nameElement = element["Name"].element {
                                var countryStruct = Country()
                                countryStruct.name = nameElement.text!
                    completion(result: result)
                    print("error fetching XML")

Where actual magic happens.

9. Open your Info.plist as “Code view” and add this to allow loading from HTTP (unless your server has SSL working):






10. Just call:

        self.getCountries { (result) in

and your result will be populated.

You can checkout example project from github at:

Keep in mind that my code is only a way to use, for real apps, you should for example use guard instead of multiple “if let”.

When you dive into .map and .flatMap ocean, you may be confused what is the difference. Consider such example:

let arr = [1,2,3,4,5,6]
print(arr.map{ return String($0 * 2)+"x" })
print(arr.flatMap{ return String($0 * 2)+"x" })

Both print’s, will give you same result:

["2x", "4x", "6x", "8x", "10x", "12x"]

So why bother? The main details between them, is that flatMap will skip nil values and unwraps them, so the example:

let mapArr = arr.map{ (string:Int) -> String? in
    if string < 2 {
        return nil
    return String(string * 2)+"x"
let mapArr2 = arr.flatMap{ (string:Int) -> String? in
    if string < 2 {
        return nil
    return String(string * 2)+"x"

will give following results:

[nil, Optional("4x"), Optional("6x"), Optional("8x"), Optional("10x"), Optional("12x")]
["4x", "6x", "8x", "10x", "12x"]

As you can see now .map output are all optionals with nil as first value is skipped. In .flatMap each value is unwrapped to String and there is no nil values at all.

Testing is good practice, but sometimes you may get into trap. Opposite to Objective-C, in Swift 2.x you don’t need to add each file to your test target, even more – you should not do this at all!

Using Swift 1.x developers had to make every testable class and methods public, which was very annoying. Now, all you have to do, is use:

@testable import ProjectName

in each of your test files (this is required for both unit testing and UI testing). But there is one catch – what if your project name contains spaces like “My First Swift Project”? Fortunately there is simple solution, in most cases just replace space with underscore, but if you want to be sure, go to your app’s target, then “Build settings”, and search for “Module name” – this is string you should use in import.

Swift unit/UI testing

Sooner or later you will face with “Invalid predicate: nil RHS”. What does it mean? Fortunately solution is very simple, somewhere in your code, you are using NSPredicate with “CONTAINS” while your search text is nil. All you have to do is make sure to check and validate text entered by user.

The common mistake is using more then one “@” placeholders, while having only one parameter.

I pretty sure all of you know how to do it in Objective C, but in Swift 2.x this is even simpler.

First you need to subscribe to  keyboardWillShow and keyboardWillHide events, which is achieved a bit different then in ObjC:

NSNotificationCenter.defaultCenter().addObserver(self, selector: #selector(MyViewController.keyboardWillShow), name:UIKeyboardWillShowNotification, object: nil);

NSNotificationCenter.defaultCenter().addObserver(self, selector: #selector(MyViewController.keyboardWillHide(_:)), name:UIKeyboardWillHideNotification, object: nil);

Since we are using Swift 2.2 here, note different #selector. Where “MyViewController” is you view controller class name. Next and last step is to add functions for handling screen movement:

func keyboardWillShow(notification: NSNotification) {
        let keyboardHeight = notification.userInfo?[UIKeyboardFrameBeginUserInfoKey]?.CGRectValue.height
        UIView.animateWithDuration(0.1, animations: { () -> Void in
            self.view.window?.frame.origin.y = -1 * keyboardHeight!
func keyboardWillHide(notification: NSNotification) {
        UIView.animateWithDuration(0.1, animations: { () -> Void in
            self.view.window?.frame.origin.y = 0

This will work without adding any scroll views, just out of the box.

Just in case someone will find it useful:

and then:

or if you need int value:




It is a new language, ok. But why people can complex simple things? For years we used:

and it was ok. Not only in ObjectiveC but in many other. Now you have to:

BUT – keep in mind that float will be always ROUNDED DOWN – so for 1.9 you will get 1 not 2. To make it rounded as it should be use:


There is no advantages of using this in Swift, but in case you have Objective-C you can do it using: