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Swift 3: Server communication with URLRequest and URLSession

Server and service communication is done with URLRequest and URLSession. We’ll just download a simple webpage.

Let’s create a URLRequest with let req = URLRequest(url: URL(string: "https://newfivefour.com/")!)

Let’s now use a URLSession. We could give a configuration, but we’ll use the default. And then call a dataTask with our request.

    let d = URLSession.shared.dataTask(with: req) {
        data, response, error in
        if let e = error {
        if let r = response {
        if let d = data {
            print(String.init(data: d, encoding: String.Encoding.utf8))

The last parameter, which is via the funky closure syntax, is the callback that’s called when it’s all downloaded.

It’s given optionals of data, response and error. We’ll use the optional let syntax to test if the optionals are there or not.

All we’re doing is printing the reponse, error and data if they’re there. If data is there, we convert it to a string with String.init.

You start this all by doing d.resume().

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