Using Objects for Lookups


Objects can be thought of as a key/value storage, like a dictionary. If you have tabular data, you can use an object to "lookup" values rather than a switch statement or an if/else chain. This is most useful when you know that your input data is limited to a certain range.

Here is an example of a simple reverse alphabet lookup:

var alpha = {
1:"Z",
2:"Y",
3:"X",
4:"W",
...
24:"C",
25:"B",
26:"A"
};
alpha[2]; // "Y"
alpha[24]; // "C"

var value = 2;
alpha[value]; // "Y"

Instructions

Convert the switch statement into a lookup table called lookup. Use it to lookup val and assign the associated string to the result variable.