Using Objects for Lookups - Will someone please explain why this works?

Hey All,

I am not sure I understand why the code below works.

In particular, how does the function know what value to pass through the lookup list (alpha, charlie, bravo…)? Where is it stated that val = parameter?

Very confused…

// Setup
function phoneticLookup(val) {
  var result = "";

  // Only change code below this line
  var lookup  = {
   alpha: "Adams",
   bravo: "Boston",
   charlie: "Chicago",
   delta: "Denver",
   echo: "Easy",
   foxtrot: "Frank",
  return lookup[val];

  // Only change code above this line
  return result;

// Change this value to test

Link to the challenge:

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Right here: function phoneticLookup(val)
This is saying "whatever gets passed in to the function phoneticLookup is the parameter val"

I suggest you go back and review the following challenge which should clear up how to pass values to functions.

Ok, I see!

A function wouldn’t necessarily have to precede an object, right?

If you declared the object outside of the function, then it would be a global variable. Remember this?