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JavaScript Interactive Web Pages with JavaScript Traversing and Manipulating the DOM with JavaScript Perfect

When I run the console, I get this error message: Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'parentNode' of undefined.

here is my full code

//Problem: User interraction doesnt provide required results
//Solution: Add interactivity so the user can manage daily tasks

var taskInput = document.getElementById("new-task"); //new-task
var addButton = document.getElementsByTagName("button")[0]; //first button on the page
var incompleteTaskHolder = document.getElementById("incomplete-tasks"); //incomplete-tasks
var completedTasksHolder = document.getElementById("completed-tasks"); //completed-tasks

//New task list item
var createNewTaskElement = function(taskString) {
  //Create list Item
  var listItem = document.createElement("li");
   //input (checkbox)
  var checkBox = document.createElement("input");
  var label = document.createElement("label");
  var editInput = document.createElement("input");
  var editButton = document.createElement("button");
  var deleteButton = document.createElement("button");

  //each element needs modifying

  checkBox.type = "checkbox";
  editInput.type = "text";

  editButton.innerText = "Edit";
   editButton.className = "edit";
  deleteButton.innerText = "Delete";
   editButton.className = "delete";

  label.innerText = taskString;

  //each element needs to be appending

    return listItem;

//Add a new task
var addTask = function() {
  console.log("Add task...");
//Create a new list item with the text from #new task 
  var listItem = createNewTaskElement(taskInput.value);
//Append listItem to the incompleteTaskHolder
  bindTaskEvents(listItem, taskCompleted);

//Edit an existing task
var editTask = function() {
  console.log("Edit task...");
//When the Edit button is pressed
  //if the class of the parent is .editMode
    //Switch from .editMode
    //label text become the input's value
    //Switch to .editMode
    //input value becomes the label's text

    //toggle .editMode on the parent

//Delete an existing task
var deleteTask = function() {
  console.log("Delete task...");
  var listItem = this.parentNode;
  var ul = listItem.parentNode;

 //Remove the parent list item from the ul

//Mark a task as complete
var taskCompleted = function() {
  console.log("Task Complete...");
 //Append the task list item to the #completed-tasks
 var listItem = this.parentNode;
  bindTaskEvents(listItem, taskIncomplete);

//Mark a task as incomplete
var taskIncomplete = function() {
  console.log("Task incomplete...");
    //Append the task list item to the #incomplete-tasks
   var listItem = this.parentNode;
  bindTaskEvents(listItem, taskCompleted);

var bindTaskEvents = function(taskListItem, checkBoxEventHandler){
  console.log("Bind list item events");
  //select taskListItem's children
  var checkBox = taskListItem.querySelector("input[type=checkbox]");
  var editButton = taskListItem.querySelector("button.edit");
  var deleteButton = taskListItem.querySelector("button.delete");

  //bind editTask to edit button
  editButton.onclick = editTask();

    //bind deleteTask to delete button
  deleteButton.onclick = deleteTask();

    //bind taskCompleted to checkbox
  checkBox.onchange = checkBoxEventHandler;

//Set the click handler to the add task function
addButton.onclick = addTask;

var ajaxRequest = function(){
 console.log("AJAX request"); 
addButton.onclick = ajaxRequest;

//Cycle over the incompleteTaskHolder ul list items
for (var i = 0; i < incompleteTaskHolder.children.length; i++) {
//bind events to list item's children (taskCompleted)
  bindTaskEvents(incompleteTaskHolder.children[i], taskCompleted);

//Cycle over the completeTaskHolder ul list items
  for (var i = 0; i < completedTasksHolder.children.length; i++) {
//bind events to list item's children (taskInComplete)
  bindTaskEvents(completedTasksHolder.children[i], taskIncomplete);
Jonathan Leon
Jonathan Leon
18,813 Points

Could you please copy it again from the workspaces and paste it between

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1 Answer

Hi there,

Yes sure enough, your variable 'parentNode' is not defined. It does not show up on the LEFT side of an assignment anywhere in your example code.

Somewhere, somehow, 'parentNode' needs to be declared into existence before it can be used for later work

I hope this helps, take care!

-- Cal