# 6/8 Can anyone explain the for/in loop a little better?

#1

I'm using the for/in loop like the directions say but I'm having a hard time really understanding what it's actually doing. The loop looks like this:

var list = function(friends) {
for (var i in friends) {
console.log(i);
}
};

What is being accomplished here? I feel like I'm creating a new variable (i) in the friends object and then just printing it out even though there is no "i" in the object. Can anyone give more explanation here?

#2

@minusthebear02,
+++++ nyc object and the for-in loop explained ++++++++++++++++

##### T h e - B a s i c s

An object has one or more properties seperated by a comma-,
Each property consists of a property-key and it's associated VALUE

``````var nyc = {
fullName: "New York City",
mayor: "Bill de Blasio",
population: 8000000,
boroughs: 5
};``````
##### nyc -object- S p e c i f i e d

The nyc object has 4 properties seperated by a comma-,
- a fullName property with property-key fullName and it's associated string value of "New York City"
- a mayor property with property-key mayor and it's associated string value of "Bill de Blasio"
- a population property with property-key population and it's associated number value 8000000
- a boroughs property with property-key boroughs and it's associated number value 5

##### for - in - loop - e x p l a i n e d

With the for-in-loop you have a Method
which will iterate over all properties of a given object.
At each iteration it will assign the property-key as a string
to a variable name of your choice.
Thus for (var x in nyc)
iteration-1 var x = "fullName";
iteration-2 var x = "mayor";
iteration-3 var x = "population";
iteration-4 var x = "boroughs";
As they want you to display the property-key and NOT it's associated VALUE
you would use
console.log( x );

If they wanted you to display the associated VALUE of the propery-key you would use
console.log( nyc[x] );

#3

Super useful! Thank you so much.