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JavaScript JavaScript Loops, Arrays and Objects Tracking Data Using Objects The Student Record Search Challenge

Jesse Dispoto
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Jesse Dispoto
Front End Web Development Techdegree Graduate 14,538 Points

Can't figure out where to put a loop in order to continuously prompt user...

let message = " ";
let html = " "
let answer;

answer = prompt("Search student records. Enter a name or type quit to exit the program.")

//for each index in array         
for (let i = 0 ; i <students.length ; i++){
html+= "<ul>"
//for each property value within each object
  for (let student in students[i]){

//if user answer  equals the name property of individual object within loop
    if (answer == students[i].name){

  //displays name as heading
            if (student == "name"){
              html+= "<h3>" + student + ": " + students[i][student] + "</h3>"
//displays following characteristics in a list 
            else {
           html+= "<li>" + student + ": " + students[i][student] + "</li>" 

//if user answer is quit 
    else if (answer == "quit"){
    html+= "</ul>"


This is as far as I got regarding this challenge. I am having a really hard time trying to get this in a loop so the user is shown a prompt, even after you type the name, like in Dave's video. Right now, If you type a name, it displays the info on the page but then that's it. The user is not prompted to input another name or quit. And if you type quit OR anything else that is not a name, the program quits. When I try to put it in a while loop or do...while loop, it just creates an infinite loop or doesn't display the right info. Can someone help me out and suggest what I would need to do in order to continuously be display the prompt?

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
228,038 Points

Right now, you have a loop to print the properties, but to prompt more than once you will need to enclose everything in another loop.

If you're having trouble with an outer loop never stopping, try sharing that code so we can give you a more specific answer.