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JavaScript JavaScript and the DOM (Retiring) Making Changes to the DOM Appending Nodes

Patrick Shushereba
Patrick Shushereba
10,911 Points

Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'addEventListener' of null

Hey guys,

I'm getting the following error when I try and run my code:

Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'addEventListener' of null

I've gone back and reviewed the video and my code, and I can't seem to find the problem. I was hoping someone might be able to help me.

Here is my app.js file:

const toggleList = document.getElementById('toggleList');
const listDiv = document.querySelector('.list');
const descriptionInput = document.querySelector('input.description');
const descriptionP = document.querySelector('p.description');
const descriptionButton = document.querySelector('button.description');
const addItemInput = document.querySelector('input.addItemInput');
const addItemButton = document.querySelector('input.addItemButton');

toggleList.addEventListener('click', () => {
 if (listDiv.style.display === 'none') {
  toggleList.textContent = 'Hide list';  
  listDiv.style.display = 'block';
  } else {
    toggleList.textContent = 'Show list';
    listDiv.style.display = 'none';

descriptionButton.addEventListener('click', () => {
  descriptionP.innerHTML = descriptionInput.value + ':';
  descriptionInput.value = '';               

addItemButton.addEventListener('click', () => {
  let ul = document.getElementsByTagName('ul')[0]; 
  let li = document.createElement('li');
  li.textContent = addItemInput.value;
  addItemInput.value = '';

And here is my index.html file:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>JavaScript and the DOM</title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/style.css">
    <h1 id="myHeading">JavaScript and the DOM</h1>
    <p>Making a web page interactive</p>
    <button id="toggleList">Hide list</button>

    <div class="list">
      <p class="description">Things that are purple:</p>
      <input type="text" class="description">
      <button class="description">Change list description.</button>
      <input type="text" class="addItemInput">
      <button class="addItemButton">Add Item</button>
    <script src="app.js"></script>

I've searched around the forum here, and come across people with similar issues. But if it's a simple spelling error, I haven't been able to find it. I checked to make sure the <script> tag is linking the javascript. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

2 Answers

Dave StSomeWhere
Dave StSomeWhere
19,870 Points

Yep - just a minor typo or probably doing the copy/paste too quickly

// incorrectly using input
const addItemButton = document.querySelector('input.addItemButton');

// change to button and will work
const addItemButton = document.querySelector('button.addItemButton');

:tropical_drink: :palm_tree:

Patrick Shushereba
Patrick Shushereba
10,911 Points

Thank you for getting back to me! I knew it had to be something simple like that.