Profile Lookup Help Requested

First I apologize for asking again, I know this has been answered many times before; I already browsed through the previous answers, but still, stubbornly, I want to know exactly how to get from where I am at, to where I need to be, since I got to this point today without any cutting/pasting or flat-out copying of code. I just keep circling back to previous exercises I have already done, granted, with lots of help from y’all.

So my pieces for “No such contact” and “No such property” work on their own, separately, but not together.

Here’s what I have for the no contact/no prop pieces:

I don’t need to spoiler this next one, because it’s WRONG…

I feel like this whole entire exercise is falling apart for me upon a fundamental lack of understanding the “return” statement. The fact that my first two parts run until they get to a “return” and then just stop completely, why is this happening? And how do I make it “return” the contents of the property not the name of the property? (It’s not even saying the name anyway.) When did we learn this? Where was I?

So it’s a lot easier to help when you give us your whole code in context, and it’s much nicer if you can give us formatted text instead of an image. ( If you need help formatting your code in Gitter, look here. )

I think this is what you’re running into in your second screenshot:
On line 37 you have return prop;. What is prop? What is its value?

Sorry about that, the only reason I didn’t put it all is because it’s kinda long, but here’s the context:

var contacts = [
        "firstName": "Akira",
        "lastName": "Laine",
        "number": "0543236543",
        "likes": ["Pizza", "Coding", "Brownie Points"]
        "firstName": "Harry",
        "lastName": "Potter",
        "number": "0994372684",
        "likes": ["Hogwarts", "Magic", "Hagrid"]
        "firstName": "Sherlock",
        "lastName": "Holmes",
        "number": "0487345643",
        "likes": ["Intriguing Cases", "Violin"]
        "firstName": "Kristian",
        "lastName": "Vos",
        "number": "unknown",
        "likes": ["Javascript", "Gaming", "Foxes"]

function lookUpProfile(firstName, prop){
// Only change code below this line
  for (var i = 0; i < 5; i++) {
    if (lookUpProfile.firstName == firstName && lookUpProfile.hasOwnProperty(prop) == prop) {
      return prop;

What is prop? What is its value?

Well, assuming the firstName matches one of the four in our contacts database, then it depends which property was requested by the query: firstName, lastName, number, or likes. The value will be whatever is assigned to that property; it could be a string, a number, an array, anything. I don’t know how to craft the statement to get it.

Thanks for taking the time to look at this.

Based on the latest code you posted, it appears you maybe confused about what you are supposed to be checking against.

Your for loop has a variable called i, but you do not use it in your loop.

What value do you think lookUpProfile.firstName has in it when you are comparing it to the firstName which is passed into the function? If you are not sure, put the following code on the line before your if statement to find out. Also, lookUpProfile.hasOwnProperty(prop) is going to be a problem too.


Remember, lookUpProfile is the function and not the array of objects (contacts) which you should be iterating through.

I may have caused confusion because I left out some of my code, sorry.

these two pieces work separately but not together:

for (var i = 0; i < 5; i++) {
  if (lookUpProfile.firstName !== firstName) 
    return "No such contact";
  for (var j = 0; j < 5; j++) {
   if (lookUpProfile.prop !== prop) 
      return "No such property";

What value do you think lookUpProfile.firstName has in it when you are comparing it to the firstName which is passed into the function?

Well, based on the fact that the code I’m showing you here seems to be working to identify when a name doesn’t match, I thought it was going to work the other way around and match the contacts name to the requested name.

Fwiw, I tried contacts.hasOwnProperty(prop) also, but that also did not work.

contacts is an array of 4 objects. You need to go back and review how to refer to a specific element of an array. In this instance, an element is an object. If you go to and scroll down to Access the Elements of an Array, you will find the relevant information.

lookUpProfile is the function name and is not what you should be iterating through. hasOwnProperty is to be used with objects and not arrays. Remember that contacts is an array of objects so contacts.hasOwnProperty(prop) is always going to evaluate to false.

You know, I do sincerely appreciate your help, but I think I will take some time off from FCC and spend some time over in w3schools (training wheels). I’m glad you suggested that link. Ever since the “Using Objects for Lookups” exercise, I have struggled with each and every exercise here. Everything before that was easy peasy, and then it seems like I took a left when I should have taken a right, and I can’t make anything fit. It’s easy to get help, people are great about that, but I am just having a tough time.

Where is prop being assigned to that?
If you ever see me on Gitter, feel free to hit me up on a PM and we can talk through what is going on.

Not sure how much time per day you spend on FCC, but I have found that if I don’t time each day dedicated to learning something new in coding syntax, data structures, or algorithms in general, then it can all be a bit foggy for me.

Whenever you get back on here, just post for help and you will receive it from someone.