Functions

Functions are blocks of code that can be named and reused.

Here’s how to declare a function:

Example

function addTwoNumbers(x, y) {
    return x + y;
}

There’s a lot going on in the example above, so let’s look at each part individually.

  • function is the keyword that starts declaring a function.
  • addTwoNumbers is the function’s name, which is customizable — just like variable names.
  • (x, y) are parameters, variable names for the inputs a function will accept.
  • return is the keyword that exits the function and shares an optional value outside.

In this case, the value return shares is the sum of x and y.

Using functions

Once a function is defined, you can use it by referencing its name with parentheses () right after.

Note that a function doesn’t have to have parameters.

Editable Code

function greetThePlanet() {
    return "Hello world!";
}

greetThePlanet();

If a function _does_ have parameters, you’ll need to provide values inside the parentheses when using the function.

Editable Code

function square(number) {
    return number * number;
}

square(16);