FAQ: Welcome to Codecademy! - Changing colors


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to define a variable we want to use the keyword var or not
otherwise to declare colour variables


values entered in the color variables are fixed or not???


In global scope a declaration keyword is a bit moot, given that we are are the top of the scope chain and everything declared at this level is global. The only exception here would be anything that we wish to remain constant.

const friction_coefficient = 0.3

var and let are scope declarations that are used inside a function or loop body, respectively, to keep the variables from leaking out of their enclosures.

However, a good many teachers will recommend forming the habit early of declaring variables with a scope declaration regardless where they are declared. That way we avoid the possibility of them ending up in global scope.

function foo() {
    a = 42;
console.log(a);    // 42


The values given below,

var red = [0, 100, 63];
var orange = [40, 100, 60];
var green = [75, 100, 40];
var blue = [196, 77, 55];
var purple = [280, 50, 60];

are arbitrarily chosen by the author and resolved in the progam as HSL colors so are not ‘fixed’, as such, but do fit within the color range suggested by the variable name.

In the exercise we actually get to play around a little with the values. Just know that each one has a minimum and a maximum.

[ 0..360, 0..100, 0..100 ]

There are no percent signs in the data above, since the program will resolve them into percentages.


code wont reset exercise six don’t know what to do


When I click on “Next”, the instructions change, but the code in the code editor doesn’t. The instructions say something like “in the editor now you can see XY”, so I guess it’s not supposed to stay the same? The tasks don’t make much sense that way…
I tried to reset everything, but that doesn’t work either, the Code remains the same.

Maybe there is something wrong with the settings? Can anyone help? As ist my first Course I have no idea where the problem is…