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April Wright
April Wright
8,338 Points

How to execute function with every click event (button click) with refreshing page

I've built an app that generates a random snack from an array on a button click. But I'm stuck on getting it to generate another random snack without refreshing the page. How can I get it to generate another snack by clicking the button again?

JS: var snackName = ["Ants on a log","Smoothie with banana and peanut butter!", "Carrots and hummus", "Protien Ball", "Apple", "Any peice of fruit", "Cheese and Olives" ]; var randomSnack = snackName[Math.floor(Math.random() * snackName.length)];

$(document).ready(function getSnack(){ $('#generateButton').on("click", function (){ $('#snackResult').html('<p>' + randomSnack +'</p>'); $('#generateButton').text('Regenerate ...'); }); });

HTML: <div> <button class="btn-lg" id="generateButton">Generate Snack Idea</button> </div> <div class="col"> <h3>Why Don't You Try: </h3> <div class="card" id="snackResult"> </div>

April Wright
April Wright
8,338 Points

Should have said "withOUT refreshing page"

1 Answer

Hey April, just for future reference it is much easier for people to respond to you if you format your question so your code is easily readable. Just put three backticks: ``` before and after each code code block and it will be formatted like in this response.

Anyway, you aren't getting a new snack each time you press the button because randomSnack is a variable rather than a function.

When your javascript file first runs a random snack is assigned to the randomSnack variable and is never again updated, you just access the same variable over and over again.

You did mostly everything else right, just try assigning a new value to randomSnack each time you press the button. Something like this:


var snackName = ["Ants on a log","Smoothie with banana and peanut butter!", "Carrots and hummus", "Protien Ball", "Apple", "Any peice of fruit", "Cheese and Olives" ]; 

/* this function returns a random snack */
function getRandomSnack() {
   return snackName[Math.floor(Math.random() * snackName.length)];

  $('#generateButton').on("click", function (){ 
    var randomSnack = getRandomSnack();
    $('#snackResult').html('<p>' + randomSnack +'</p>');
    $('#generateButton').text('Regenerate ...'); 

April Wright
April Wright
8,338 Points

Thanks very much Sebastian!

I couldn't figure out how to post my code like you've just shown me so you've answered 2 questions for me.

Thanks for taking the time to help me out.

No problem :) we've all been there. Good luck!