This isn’t exactly a help post, more of a “looking for criticism” kind of post. This is my first topic here. When I first opened the challenge I though to myself that it’s impossible, I wanted to give up right away, but I decided to give it a try anyway. The only copying I did was the table of roman number equivalents (and even that I had to rewrite into key/value pairs). I went on about it through recursion, from the bottom up. Problem is, I hate recursion. I’m a python/c++ developer (junior) and I wanted to go through FCC and because I wanted to get into web development. So I’ve ALWAYS tried to avoid recursion, and JS was no exception. I feel like my code is dirty, messy and just memory wasteful. So any tips and suggestions on how to improve this would be nice.

```
**Your code so far**
```

```
function convertToRoman(num) {
let romanNum = { 0: "", 1:"I", 2:"II", 3:"III", 4:"IV" ,5:"V", 6:"VI",7:"VII", 8:"VIII", 9:"IX", 10: "X", 20:"XX", 30:"XXX", 40:"XL", 50:"L", 60:"LX", 70:"LXX", 80:"LXXX", 90:"XC", 100:"C", 200:"CC", 300:"CCC", 400:"CD", 500:"D", 600:"DC", 700:"DCC", 800:"DCCC", 900:"CM", 1000:"M", 2000:"MM", 3000:"MMM", 4000:"MMMM", 5000:"MMMMM", 6000:"MMMMMM", 7000:"MMMMMMM", 8000:"MMMMMMMM", 9000:"MMMMMMMMM"}
let rLen = Object.keys(romanNum).length;
let resStr = ""; //string that will contain the result
let flag = false; //flag that stops the recursion once result is achieved
let leftOverNum = num
if(num > 9000 || num < 0) return "Enter a positive number less than 9000";
//function that adds to the resulting string the largest roman numeral that
//is still less than num, untill the remaining number is an exact roman numeral match
function convertNumLoop(num){
for(let i = 0; i < rLen; i++){
if(Object.keys(romanNum)[i] == num){
resStr += Object.values(romanNum)[i];
flag = true;
return resStr;
}
if(Object.keys(romanNum)[i] > num){
resStr += Object.values(romanNum)[i - 1];
leftOverNum = num - Object.keys(romanNum)[i - 1];
break;
}
}
}
while(!flag) convertNumLoop(leftOverNum);
return resStr;
}
console.log(convertToRoman(1));
```

**Challenge:** Roman Numeral Converter

**Link to the challenge:**