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3,422 Points

Function parenthesis

I am having trouble understanding what this piece of code means in the parenthesis.

function print (message) { document.write(message); }

What does "message" mean in this code? Can't I just use the "print" instead? Is there a difference?


1 Answer

Parameters (arguments) go inside parenthesis. The function or method is print. The parameters (arguments) are what is being passed into the function.

if you


Hello is what is being passed to the alert method.

3,422 Points

I understand alert, but I don't understand function, anyway to show me bit by bit?

function print (message) { 

Unless message is a global variable (which are bad practice to use), the function print will not have access to the message. So in order for the code inside the function block to access message, you are passing it into the function as a parameter.

Whatever you want to have access to inside a function, it can be passed into the function as a parameter.

var message1 = "Hello";
var message2 = "World";

function print (message1, message2) {
  alert(message1 + " " + message2);