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The classical introductory exercise. Just say "Hello, World!".

"Hello, World!" is the traditional first program for beginning programming in a new language or environment.

The objectives are simple:

  • Write a function which takes a name, say Alice, and returns the string with the given name, in this case "Hello, Alice!". If no name is passed in, then the function returns the string "Hello, World!". The function should be named hello.
  • Run the test suite and make sure that it succeeds.
  • Submit your solution and check it at the website.

If everything goes well, you will be ready to fetch your first real exercise.


Check out the test cases and expected results in HelloWorldTests.swift. Here are some test examples.

  • Calling hello() returns "Hello, World!"
  • Calling hello("Alice") returns "Hello, Alice!"


Go through the project setup instructions for Xcode using Swift:


Notably from the source directory:

swift test runs tests
swift package generate-xcodeproj creates an Xcode project


This is an exercise to introduce users to using Exercism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Hello,_world!%22_program

Submitting Incomplete Solutions

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import XCTest
@testable import HelloWorld

class HelloWorldTests: XCTestCase {

    func testNoName() {
        let expected = "Hello, World!"
        XCTAssertEqual(HelloWorld.hello(), expected, "When given no name, we should greet the world!")

    func testSampleName() {
        let expected = "Hello, Alice!"
        XCTAssertEqual(HelloWorld.hello("Alice"), expected, "When given 'Alice' we should greet Alice!")

    func testOtherSampleName() {
        let expected = "Hello, Bob!"
        XCTAssertEqual(HelloWorld.hello("Bob"), expected, "When given 'Bob' we should greet Bob!")

    func testNoStrangeName() {
        let expected = "Hello, !"
        XCTAssertEqual(HelloWorld.hello(""), expected, "When given an empty string, it is strange, but should have a space and punctuation")

    static var allTests: [(String, (HelloWorldTests) -> () throws -> Void)] {
        return [
            ("testNoName", testNoName),
            ("testSampleName", testSampleName),
            ("testOtherSampleName", testOtherSampleName),
            ("testNoStrangeName", testNoStrangeName),


import XCTest
@testable import HelloWorldTests

//Solution goes in Sources
func hello(_ name: String = "World") -> String {
    return "Hello, \(name)!"

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