7. Search for a friend


#1

I've been stuck on this for a little while. The directions for this lesson are, "Define a function search that takes a single argument, name. If the argument passed to the function matches any of the first names in friends, it should log that friend's contact information to the console and return it."

The error message I get is "SyntaxError: missing name after . operator"

I'm looking for help with where my mistake is??
var friends = {
bill: {
firstName: "Bill",
lastName: "Gates",
number: "(213) 555-5554",
address: ['123 School Street', 'Townville', 'MN', '55555']
},
steve: {
firstName: "Steve",
lastName: "Jobs",
number: "(123) 123-1234",
address: ['123 School Street', 'Townville', 'MN', '55555']
},

};
var list = function (friends) {
for (var firstName in friends){
console.log (list);
}
};
list(friends)
var search = function (friends) {
for (var firstName in friends)
if(friends[firstName] === "Bill") {
console.log. (friends[firstName]);
}
else{
return friends [firstName];
}
};


#2

@hemme82,
To understand the terms parameter and argument
please read...

the FUNCTION talk

var myFunc = function( param1, param2) {
       //Begin of  anonymous FUNCTION-BODY
       //VARIABLE -myFunc- has an -anonymous function- assigned
       //this -anonymous function- has 2 PARAMETERS param1 and param2
       //param1 and param2 PARAMETERS are used 
       //as -local- VARIABLES throughout the FUNCTION-BODY

      console.log( param1 + " and " + param2 ) ;

      //End of anonymous FUNCTION-BODY
};

If you want to call/execute the anonymous function
you will have to add a pair of parentheses to the variable myFunc
like
myFunc();
As the anonymous function was defined
as having 2 parameters
you have to provide 2 arguments
in our case 2 string VALUES "Alena" and "Lauren"
like
myFunc("Alena","Lauren");

some quotes from the outer-world:

**argument is the value/variable/reference being passed in,
parameter is the receiving variable used within the function/block**

OR

**"parameters" are called "formal parameters",
while "arguments" are called "actual parameters".**


#3

@hemme82,
To understand the functioning of the FOR-IN loop on an Object
Please read

T h e - B a s i c s

An object has one or more properties separated 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 separated 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)
will lead to 4 iteration's
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] );


#4

@hemme82,
To understand the build of the friends Object

var friends= {
              bill: { firstName: 'Bill',
                      lastName: 'Gates',
                      number: '444-444-4444',
                      address: [ 'One Microsoft way', 'Redwood', 'WA' ]
              },
             steve: {
                      firstName: 'Steve',
                      lastName: 'Jobs',
                      number: '333-333-3333',
                      address: [ 'Two infinite loop', 'Bentown', 'DV' ] 
              }
   };

keep repeating these two lines
An object has one or more properties separated by a comma-,
Each property consists of a property-key and it's associated value

Description of the friends object.
The friends object has 2 properties and are separated by a comma-,

there is a bill property with property-key bill and it's associated object value
(this associated object has 4 properties, the property-keys being firstName, lastName,number and address)
there is a steve property with property-key steve and it's associated object value
(this associated object has 4 properties, the property-keys being firstName, lastName,number and address)

access via dot-notation == only literal property-key allowed

friends.bill ==> you will get the associated value of the bill property-key, thus
you get the object with 4 properties

friends.bill.lastName ==> you will get the associated value of the lastName property-key

access via the square-bracket-notation == literal & VARIABLE

1 using the literal property-key

friends["bill"]
friends["bill"]["lastName"]

2 using the property-key by reference (=== via a variable )

var propertyKey1 = "bill";
var propertyKey2 ="lastName";
friends[propertyKey1] ==> you will get the associated value of the bill property-key, thus
you get the object with 4 properties

friends[propertyKey1][propertyKey2]
in this case you will get the string VALUE of the lastName property
of the associated object VALUE of bill