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

My solution: The Student Record Search Challenge Solution

The solution accounts for blank entries, lower caps (e.g. jody === Jody === JODY ), and students who are not on the roster (e.g. 'Yoda'). However, the weakness is that if someone enters a blank (and hits enter), the program exits while messaging: "Please enter a student name." But they can't because the program exits. How can I handle blank entries so that the user is prompted to enter another name? I'm sure there's a simple solution (function?) that I'm not conceptualizing. Meanwhile, my solution follows below with a small assist to Josh C. who helped me understand a small part I was getting wrong.

var message = '';
var student;
var search;

function print(message) {
  var outputDiv = document.getElementById('output');
  outputDiv.innerHTML = message;

function getStudentReport( student ) {
  var report = '<h2>Student: ' + student.name + '</h2>';
  report += '<p>Track: ' + student.track + '</p>';
  report += '<p>Points: ' + student.points + '</p>';
  report += '<p>Achievements: ' + student.achievements + '</p>';
  return report;

while (true) {
  search = prompt('Search student records: type a name [Jody] (or type "quit" to end)');
  if (search === null || search.toLowerCase() === 'quit') {
  } else if (search === "") {
    document.write("Please enter a name.")
  for (var i = 0; i < students.length; i += 1) {
    student = students[i];
    if ( student.name.toLowerCase() === search.toLowerCase() ) {
      message += getStudentReport( student );
document.write("There is no student named " + search + ".");

2 Answers

you can simply use a continue statement in place of the break for the else if block. You would also want to move the search = prompt line outside the while block so that it only gets run once.

Thanks, Tyler.