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JavaScript JavaScript Basics (Retired) Making Decisions with Conditional Statements Using Comparison Operators

I don't know what else to try based on the error message I'm getting

Bummer! There was an error with your code: TypeError: 'undefined' is not an object (evaluating 'alert._args[0][0].toUpperCase')

var a = 10;
var b = 20;
var c = 30;
if (a > b){
  alert(document.write('a is greater than b'));
} else {
  alert(document.write('a is not greater than b')); 
  <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
  <title>JavaScript Basics</title>
<script src="script.js"></script>

1 Answer

Jason Anders
Jason Anders
Treehouse Moderator 145,858 Points

Hey TImothy,

You are on the right track and pretty much correct, except you have some code in there that doesn't belong (document.write). I'm not sure why you have that in there. The challenge wants an Alert box to pop up with the message. document.write is used more when you are injecting into HTML.

Have a look at the corrected code below:

var a = 10;
var b = 20;
var c = 30;
if (a > b) {
  alert('a is greater than b');
} else {
  alert('a is not greater than b'); 

Hope it makes sense. :)


Thanks for the help, I put it in there because that's how it shows how to do it in the course.

Jason Anders
Jason Anders
Treehouse Moderator 145,858 Points

I see. :)

Often though, the course will show a couple different things, and then the challenges will change things up a bit to see if the concepts are being understood, instead of just copying the code from the lessons ... and sometimes they are really close.

Just to help clarify, alert() and document.write() are two very different methods, and could not be used together like you had even if you wanted to. alert() is the JS method that will create a pop-up dialog box with whatever message you include in the parameters. E.g. alert("This box wasn't here before") will create a pop up with that message.

document.write() will actually inject HTML into the style sheet as it renders. E.g. document.write("<p>This paragraph will appear on the webpage.</p>" So, when the page renders, this paragraph will show up on the webpage and not a pop-up box.

I hope this helps. :smiley: