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Goti Bandu

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Posted on    October-04-2013 9:13 AM

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I have been messing around with recursion today. Often a programming technique that is not used enough.

I set out to recursively reverse a string. Here's what I came up with:

public String reverseString(String s){
        char c = s.charAt(s.length()-1);
        if(s.length() == 1) return Character.toString(c);   
        return c + reverseString(s.substring(0,s.length()-1));


jacob rasel
jacob rasel

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Posted on    October-04-2013 9:29 AM

The finest way is not to use recursion. These stuff are usually used to teach students the recursion concept, not actual best practices. So the way you're doing it is just fine. Just don't use recursion in Java for these kind of stuff in real world apps ;)

PS. Aside what I just said, I'd choose "" as the base case of my recursive function:

public String reverseString(String s){
    if (s.length() == 0) 
         return s;
    return reverseString(s.substring(1)) + s.charAt(0);

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