# Thread: JavaScript beginner - got stuck due to the lack of GOTO

1. ## JavaScript beginner - got stuck due to the lack of GOTO

I make now the first steps in JavaScript. To practice, I took a game I coded in VBA and try to "translate" it in JavaScript.

But I got stuck into one issue: JavaScript is missing GOTO. All of a sudden what was so simple in VBA becomes a big obstacle in JavaScript.

The scenario is simple. I have to add two random integers (both between 0 and 10, let's say). And to move forward only if the condition x+y<11 is satisfied. If not, a new set (x,y) must be generated and tested for the condition.

In VBA, using GOTO, makes this few lines of code a piece of cake. But in JavaScript, due to the lack of GOTO, I fiddle around pointlessly to find a solution

I thank you in advance for any advice, to bring me on the right track again.

2. Hi iib, welcome to the forums

I haven't seen code with GOTO in it for decades!

GOTO code is procedural and long scripts can easily become "spaghetti".

Depending on what the lines are doing, I think you'll need to wrap them in functions and instead of GOTO call the function.

3. Well, in the meantime I found myself the solution to my problem

I solved it using WHILE.

I am sure that for you was a trivial issue, but for me was a big challenge

I will come back with the next issue, if will appear. Thanks again for inspiring me

4. Hi there,

As you correctly concluded, while is a good way to solve this problem.

Here's one way you might go about it:

Code:
```// Get two numbers between 0 and 20 and only proceed if total >= 35

function getTwoRandomNumbers(){
var x = Math.round(Math.random()*20),
y = Math.round(Math.random()*20);

return x + y;
}

var total = getTwoRandomNumbers();

while (total < 35){
console.log("Didn't work! Total is: " + total);
total = getTwoRandomNumbers();
}

console.log("It worked. Total is: " + total);```

5. GOTO? funny. lol

6. GOTO is almost as dead as ALTER GOTO (saw a lot of those in the early 80's in Cobol left over from before they got the PERFORM statement to work properly).

7. Originally Posted by felgall
GOTO is almost as dead as ALTER GOTO (saw a lot of those in the early 80's in Cobol left over from before they got the PERFORM statement to work properly).
I still use GOTO in batch scripting for sys admin stuff, but certainly not in web development.

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