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JavaScript Cheat Sheet 10.27: JavaScript Random

Exploring JavaScript Random Functions

Introduction:
Welcome to the exciting world of programming! In this tutorial, we will delve into the basics of programming using JavaScript, with a specific focus on the Math.random() function and its applications. This guide is designed for beginners, so don’t worry if you’re new to programming or JavaScript.

1. Understanding Math.random():


The Math.random() function in JavaScript is a built-in method that generates a pseudo-random floating-point number between 0 (inclusive) and 1 (exclusive). It’s a fundamental tool for creating unpredictability in your programs.

2. Generating Random Numbers:


Let’s start with a simple example. Open your preferred code editor and create an HTML file with the following:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
  <meta charset="UTF-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
  <title>Random Number Generator</title>
</head>
<body>
  <script>
    // Generate a random number and log it to the console
    let randomNumber = Math.random();
    console.log("Random Number:", randomNumber);
  </script>
</body>
</html>

Explanation:

  • The HTML structure provides a basic webpage.
  • The <script> tag encloses JavaScript code.
  • Math.random() generates a random number and stores it in the randomNumber variable.
  • console.log() outputs the random number to the browser console.

3. Creating Random Integers:


If you need a random integer within a specific range, you can use some simple arithmetic along with Math.floor():

let randomInteger = Math.floor(Math.random() * 10) + 1;
console.log("Random Integer:", randomInteger);

Explanation:

  • Math.random() generates a floating-point number between 0 (inclusive) and 1 (exclusive).
  • Multiplying by 10 scales the range to 0 (inclusive) to 10 (exclusive).
  • Math.floor() rounds down to the nearest integer.
  • Adding 1 ensures the result is between 1 and 10 (inclusive).

4. Generating Random Decimals:


If you want a random decimal in a specific range, adjust the formula accordingly:

let randomDecimal = (Math.random() * 5.5) + 1.5;
console.log("Random Decimal:", randomDecimal);

Explanation:

  • (Math.random() * 5.5) expands the range to 0 (inclusive) to 5.5 (exclusive).
  • Adding 1.5 shifts the range to 1.5 (inclusive) to 7 (exclusive).

5. Randomizing Arrays:


You can use the random function to shuffle the elements of an array:

let originalArray = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];
let shuffledArray = originalArray.sort(() => Math.random() - 0.5);
console.log("Shuffled Array:", shuffledArray);

Explanation:

  • sort(() => Math.random() - 0.5) sorts the array randomly.

6. Building a Simple Random Number Generator App:


Let’s create a basic webpage where users can click a button to generate a random number:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
  <meta charset="UTF-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
  <title>Random Number Generator App</title>
</head>
<body>
  <button onclick="generateRandomNumber()">Generate Random Number</button>
  <p id="result"></p>

  <script>
    function generateRandomNumber() {
      let randomNumber = Math.floor(Math.random() * 100) + 1;
      document.getElementById("result").innerText = "Random Number: " + randomNumber;
    }
  </script>
</body>
</html>

Explanation:

  • The HTML contains a button and a paragraph element to display the result.
  • The generateRandomNumber function generates a random number between 1 and 100 and updates the paragraph’s content.

Conclusion:
Congratulations! You’ve now learned the basics of using the Math.random() function in JavaScript. This knowledge will serve as a foundation as you explore more complex aspects of programming. Happy coding!

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