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JavaScript jQuery Basics Understanding jQuery Events and DOM Traversal Adding New Elements to the DOM

Why isn't this working when it works?

I have been instructed to add Sam Smith in an li tag to the list which has worked but when I check the work it doesn't. What have I done wrong?

index.html
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <title>Document</title>
</head>
<body>
    <h2>Student List</h2>

    <ul class="student-list">
        <li>James McAvoy</li>
        <li>Alena Holligan</li>
        <li>Wade Christensen</li>
        <li>Matt Krzyzynski</li>
    </ul>

    <script
    src="jquery-3.2.1.min.js"></script>
    <script src="app.js"></script>
</body>
</html>
app.js
let $newStudent = $(".student-list");
$($newStudent).append("<li>Sam Smith</li>");

are you on the first task or the second?

I'm on the first

3 Answers

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
221,070 Points

The instructions say to "create a new <li> element containing the student name "Sam Smith", and save your new element to a variable called $newStudent", but this code is using the "$newStudent" variable to store a reference to the list with the class of "student-list".

So while this code would effectively do the final job, it's not implemented in a way that satisfies the instructions for both tasks. A slight re-arrangement of your current code should make it pass.

I did this based on what you and another commentor said: I let $newStudent = '<li>Sam Smith</li>'; $('.student-list').append($newStudent);

it works but I receive the error message:

Unexpected AST node type passed to processCallExpression method: Literal

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
221,070 Points

Now "$newStudent " is being assigned with a plain string, but it should be a new element.

Enclose the string in "$()" to invoke jQuery to convert it to an element.

Have you checked the console for error messages? This might help to debug.

There weren't any errors

Rich Donnellan
Rich Donnellan
25,780 Points

Hey Kaleshe,

I recommend starting over and reread carefully what the challenge is asking you to do. It wants you to store the list item'ed name in the variable and then append.

Check out the documentation for the proper .append() syntax: http://api.jquery.com/append/

Based on what you just said I changed it around to

let $newStudent = '<li>Sam Smith</li>'; $('.student-list').append($newStudent);

it works but I receive the error message:

Unexpected AST node type passed to processCallExpression method: Literal