# Can someone explain the use of num in this code

Can someone explain the use of num in this code
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#1

hey all, just finished this question but i don’t really know where num came from at the end, and i also don’t see the reason for putting it. could someone explain why we use this? thanks

#2

I am confused. You wrote the code referenced above, but do not understand why you wrote/used the variable num in the solution?

#3

It’s a parameter for the `setLoot` method of the `Cake` object. The name `num` isn’t particularly important, you can think of it as a placeholder for the real data that’s passed in.

``````var myCake = new Cake; //create a new Cake object
myCake.getLoot();
// => 2 (the initial value)
myCake.setLoot(5);
myCake.getLoot();
// => 5
``````

#4

Yeah I got that code from one of the examples and couldn’t figure out why they put it in there.

#5

Ok so then I am calling whatever goes between the parentheses? It doesn’t matter what I call it num could have been some other word but it just represents what later is put in between the parentheses when I run the code…? Is that right?

#6

Correct. Here’s a simpler example:

``````function fun1(num) {
return num + 1;
}
fun1(5); // => 6

function fun2(arbitraryName) {
return arbitraryName + 1;
}
fun2(5); // => 6

function fun3(num) {
return Num + 1;
}
fun3(5); // ReferenceError: Num is not defined
// This happens because JavaScript is case sensitive
// `Num` does not refer to `num`
``````

#7

Great thank you for the help! i think im starting to understand the basics!

#8

Set / Get are common methods written for objects to maintain local scope to the object only.

@dpbrinkm
C++ really drove home only allowing access to objects through methods, keeping all the variables / parameters sealed up locally for me, long ago.

This is the same methodology. Instead of calling a property directly for an object and changing its value you call a function (method) to access the inner workings of the object.

It is all about scope and security.

Constructor, Deconstruct-or, Set, Get those are all popular Object methods in OOP.

-WWC