I have a button dropdown that you can select different currencies from. When you select one, it replaces the button value with that currency type, and displays the currency symbol in a span in front of an input.

I have done some refactoring where I now have just one function getCurrency() that accepts parameters and inserts the proper values, but in here $(".dropdown-menu li").click( function(){...} I have 3 different if else statements. I know there has to be a way to do this by looping through my currencyData array and use this to target a specific element, but I cannot figure it out.

I want to make this more modular so it can scale up. If I had 30 different currencies, this would not work. I would have to change too many lines of code, where I should just be able to add another currency to the array.

It is live, you can view it here.


var currencyData = [
    "currency": "USD",
    "symbol" : "$"
    "currency": "EUR",
    "symbol" : "€"
    "currency": "JPY",
    "symbol" : "¥"

 * Inserts <li> list of values into the currency dropdown
$.each( currencyData, function( key, val ) {

  var $li = $("<li name='currency'><a href='#'>" +
    val.currency + "</a></li>");

  $(".dropdown-menu").append( $li );

 * Generate currency symbol and type and swap them depending on which is clicked
$(".dropdown-menu li").click( function() {

 if ( this.textContent === currencyData[0].currency ) {
    getCurrency(currencyData[0].currency, currencyData[0].symbol);

 } else if ( this.textContent === currencyData[1].currency ) {
    getCurrency(currencyData[1].currency, currencyData[1].symbol);

 } else if ( this.textContent === currencyData[2].currency ) {
    getCurrency(currencyData[2].currency, currencyData[2].symbol);

 * Swap currency type and symbol
function getCurrency(currency, symbol) {
  // inserts visible currency symbol to form
  var $span = $("<span class='js-currency-symbol' > " + symbol + "</span>");

  // hidden input to save currency symbol
  var $input = $("<input type='text' class='js-hidden-currency-symbol' value=" +
   symbol + " style='display:none' name='currencySymbol'>");

  $('.js-currency-btn').text( currency );
  $('.js-input-amount-prepend').append( $span );

  $('.js-currency-btn-group').append( $input );


<div class="form-group"> <!-- Currency Input Section-->
    <div class="wrapper">
      <span class="js-input-amount-prepend input-amount-prepend">Amount:</span>
      <!-- INSERT  <span class="js-currency-symbol"> -->
      <input type="text" required class="js-payment-amount-input payment-amount-input" name="amount" placeholder="enter amount">
      <div class="btn-group js-currency-btn-group currency-btn-group">
        <button type="button" class="btn js-currency-btn currency-btn">Currency</button>
        <button type="button" class="btn dropdown-toggle" data-toggle="dropdown" aria-haspopup="true" aria-expanded="false">
          <span class="caret"></span>
          <span class="sr-only">Toggle Dropdown</span>
        <ul class="dropdown-menu">
          <!-- INSERT li Items -->
      <!-- INSERT Hidden currency symbol input -->
  </div> <!-- End Currency Input Section-->

1 Answer 1


Work with indices instead of elseif statements

You should write a function that identifies the index of this.textContent in the currencyData array. Why not try something like this:

function myIndexOf(o) {    
    for (var i = 0; i < currencyData.length; i++) {
        if (currencyData[i].currency == o) {
            return i;
    return -1;

Taken from this Stackoverflow answer.

Then you can run:

currentIndex = myIndexOf(this.textContent)
getCurrency(currencyData[currentIndex].currency, currencyData[currentIndex].symbol);

And it's entirely extensible.

Avoid unnecessary HTML updates

Seems like you can reduce $span to only update the innerHTML of a span element rather than reinitializing your span element each time you append it to $('.js-input-amount-prepend'). This would slightly shorten getCurrency

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks. It took me a bit to digest what was happening but I got it and it works great. I understand what you're saying about the html. I will work on that now. \$\endgroup\$
    – max
    Jul 16, 2015 at 17:22

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