# # Check multiplication

Users are often confused how to get values from the page and use them in Cypress tests. Remember: Cypress commands are queued upopen in new window and the commands yield the value from the page into the next command. The commands never return the value directly. You must use `cy.then` or other commands to work with the values extracted from the page or from other commands.

``````// THIS IS INCORRECT, WILL NOT WORK ðŸ”¥
const n = cy.get('#counter').invoke('text').then(parseInt)
// The correct way âœ…
cy.get('#counter')
.invoke('text')
.then(parseInt)
.then((n) => {
// use the value "n" to write more commands or assertions
})
``````

For example, let's confirm that our calculator is showing the correct multiplication.

``````<div id="calculator">
<span id="op1">23</span> * <span id="op2">66</span> =
<span id="result">1518</span>
</div>
``````
``````// get each operand from the page
cy.get('#op1')
// call jQuery method "text()"
// to get the text of the HTML element
.invoke('text')
.then(parseInt)
.then((op1) => {
cy.get('#op2')
.invoke('text')
.then(parseInt)
.then((op2) => {
// get the result shown on the page
cy.get('#result')
.invoke('text')
// convert it to an integer
.then(parseInt)
// because op1 and op2 are in the closure scope
// we can immediately use them to create an assertion
.should('equal', op1 * op2)
})
})
``````

The above chain of nested commands to get the operands creates a "Pyramid of Doom" code. We can avoid the pyramid by storing the intermediate values as aliases, and then using "function () { ... }" syntax to get the aliased values using the test context object.

``````// get each operand separately and store under an alias
cy.get('#op1').invoke('text').then(parseInt).as('op1')
cy.get('#op2')
.invoke('text')
.then(parseInt)
.as('op2')

// important: use the "function () { ... }"
// callback syntax to be able to use "this.op1" and "this.op2"
.then(function () {
// get the result shown on the page
cy.get('#result')
.invoke('text')
.then(parseInt)
// previously created aliases are available
// under "this.<alias>" property
.should('equal', this.op1 * this.op2)
})
``````