I'm Stuck on Testing Objects for Properties

I'm Stuck on Testing Objects for Properties


return myObj[checkProp];

OK, I’m trying to learn when and why you use certain Javascript “formulas”. I was working on this assignment and didn’t have a clue how to do it. I came to the forum and saw this answer and now understand more about dots and brackets, but I don’t understand when to use which “formula.” I got the if else statement part, knew I needed to use that, but the info in the if statement I never would have gotten on my own.

The myObj.hasOwnProperty makes sense, but the (checkProp) does not, to me. In the return, how does the myObj property get associated with the checkProp and then give you the properties under myObj? Could someone give me their logical train of thought that helped them to know what coding to use?

I’m really struggling with Javascript and want to start understanding how to figure out which “formula” to use when. I looked at this assignment all weekend and just couldn’t even figure out where to start, except I knew I was going to use and if else statement.


Thanks. I appreciate you helping me out. It will probably help a lot of us that struggle with Javascript. HTML and CSS were a breeze, but I feel like I’ve entered an alien world with Javascript.


I’m not sure what a formula is. hasOwnProperty is a method that all objects have. A method is a function that is contained in an object. You can’t see hasOwnProperty inside myObj, but it’s there, it’s contained in its parent object, object.prototype.

checkProp is the parameter set in the function, so when the function is invoked with an argument, that argument is referred to as checkProp in the function. The function then calls the function hasOwnProperty on myObj, and feeds checkProp as an argument. Under the hood, hasOwnProperty iterates through the properties of myObj and compares them to the argument which is checkProp. It returns true if myObj contains checkProp, false if it does not.

Normally functions are structured like this : function hasOwnProperty(myObj, checkProp){
… things inside this function …
However, since hasOwnProperty is a method, which means that it is a function stored in an object, it is accessed through dot notation. To be clear, myObj, actually contains the function hasOwnProperty as a property in it, and it’s value is the function that hasOwnProperty runs. You just can’t see it, but it’s there. So that’s why hasOwnProperty is invoked this way : myObj.hasOwnProperty(argument);


Thank you P1xt and sethcoch. I’m going to need to spend some time looking at both of you wrote and trying to wrap my head around it. Appreciate your input.


Thank you, One of your very similar inputs from a last lesson got me through it. Your hints are usefull in not only solving the problem, but also helps me retain what I’ve learned.


no problem. What I found finally was that I was using dot notation instead of bracket notation to find the value of myObj. It’s important for users at this point of FCC to understand the difference.


Pfew! I thought I was the only one struggling with these concepts. :slight_smile: