Stand in Line - Please help!

Stand in Line - Please help!


Tell us what’s happening:
Greetings, all!

I was able to complete the challenge and I understand how and why the code works.

Except for 1 part I’m having a hard time grasping…

console.log(nextInLine(testArr, 34));

Before: [1,2,3,4,5]
After: [2,3,4,5,34]

What I understand:
This makes perfect sense to me. The Function is being called and passing through the array “testArr” and the “item” of 34. This results in “1” being “shifted” out of “testArr” and “item” 34 being “pushed” (added) to the end of “testArr”.

What I don’t understand:

console.log(nextInLine([2], 34));

Before: [1,2,3,4,5]
After: [1,2,3,4,5]

I’m pushing or adding 34 still to the end of the array. Why doesn’t “After” show [2,3,4,5,34] like in my previous solution? What is [2] trying to say? Why would putting a [2] in the arr spot of the nextInLine() function even pass any information? Because from what I understand, the only valid array in this entire exercise is in the testArr variable. Am I just thinking too deep into this and freeCodeCamps JSON script is working something else behind the scenes? To be honest, I don’t really understand why any of these following lines passed without indicating a “testArr” when calling the function nextInLine:

nextInLine([], 5) should return a number.
nextInLine([], 1) should return 1
nextInLine([2], 1) should return 2
nextInLine([5,6,7,8,9], 1) should return 5
After nextInLine(testArr, 10), testArr[4] should be 10

Your code so far

function nextInLine(arr, item) {
  return arr.shift();  // Change this line

// Test Setup
var testArr = [1,2,3,4,5];

// Display Code
console.log("Before: " + JSON.stringify(testArr));
console.log(nextInLine([3], 34)); // Modify this line to test
console.log("After: " + JSON.stringify(testArr));

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Link to the challenge:


The code above is strictly for your viewing purposes and has no effect on the tests ran behind the scenes. The tests pass various arrays and items as arguments to the function to validate your functions works properly.

For example, the first test passes an empty array and the number 5 as arguments to the nextInLine function (see below).

nextInLine([], 5)

The third test passes an array (containing one element - 2) and the number 1 as arguments to the nextInLine function (see below).

nextInLine([2], 1)

The only test that actually involves testArr is the last one (see below).

nextInLine(testArr, 10)


OoOoOoohh! That makes complete sense now. Thank you so much for clarifying that. What a life saver. I think what I wasn’t understanding is that you can actually pass through made up arrays through the function!! I guess that’s technically what “testArr” is doing. Except you’re using the variable to pass it instead of just plopping it up there, lol.

So if I’m understanding correctly:

function nextInLine(arr, item) {
return arr.shift();

console.log(nextInLine([300,400,111,999], 34));

Should return:
[400,111,999, 34];

Edit: tested in dev console. It does indeed return 300. Thanks again!