# Solving the LeetCode Problem Palindrome Number

For this blog I’ll be solving another popular algorithm problem from LeetCode, Palindrome Number. Note that this problem will be solved in JavaScript! I’ll also be demonstrating three ways in which we can solve this problem.

The question is asking us to return `true`

if the number is a palindrome. A palindrome is a number that when you reverse it, it’s still the same number. By going over the examples, I also realized that if the input is a negative number (-101) then the boolean value in return should be `false`

. So let’s begin!

## Using Built-In Methods:

Here are the built-in methods that we can use to solve the first step which is reversing the number:

In the picture above, I created a variable `newNum`

that’s going to represent the reversed number. I used `.toString()`

to convert `num`

into a string. I then used `.split(‘’)`

to convert the string into an array of strings. After that, I used `.reverse()`

to reverse the elements inside of the array. Finally, I used `.join(‘’)`

to convert all of the elements inside of the array into a string (the opposite of what `.split(‘’)`

does). For more info on these built in methods, make sure to check out the resources section below!

Although `newNum`

is now a reversed version of `num`

, `newNum`

is still a string. Since the input needs to be an integer, I decided to create a variable `parsedNumber`

that converts `newNum`

into an integer. Since the question is only asking for a boolean value, we can compare `parsedNumber`

and `num`

by using a triple equal sign (`===`

). Here’s the solution:

There’s another way we can solve this without having to convert `newNum`

into an integer. We can also have a shorter solution like this:

The only difference is that instead of converting `newNum`

into an integer, I compared both `num`

and `newNum`

using a double equal sign (`==`

). For more info on double equal signs, make sure to check out the resources section below!

The problem with these two solutions is that we may not know the time and space complexities of these built-in methods. It’s great how the solution is only two lines of code, but that’s not always the right way! I believe it’s also great to show that you can solve these problems without using built-in methods. That’s why I’ll also show one more solution that doesn’t use built-in methods.

**Not Built-In Methods:**

I’m aware that I need to have a variable that represents the reversed number. So I created a variable `reversed`

that at the moment will be equal to zero. Similar to the solution with the built-in methods, I would like to also compare `reversed`

with another number so that I can get a boolean value. That’s why I created a variable `original`

which will be equal to `num`

.

After this step, we need to create some form of loop that would iterate over `num`

and also reverse it. For this example, I’m going to use a `while`

loop! Here’s what the code looks like so far:

On `line 34`

, I’m changing the value of `reversed`

and now setting it equal to `0 * 10 + num % 10`

. I placed the zero because that’s what `reversed`

is at the moment (`line 29`

). Since this is happening inside of a `while`

loop and `num`

is currently -11, the value of `reversed`

will be dependent on the input of our choice. For example, since I’m using -11 as my input, this is how `line 34`

really looks like, `0 * 10 + (-11) % 10`

. `reversed`

is now equal to -1. It doesn’t stop there because `num`

is now -1 which means that the loop will continue. So this is what `line 34 `

looks like now, `-1 * 10 + (-1) % 10`

and `reversed`

is now equal to -11. `Line 39`

is making sure that `num`

equals to 0 when the `while`

loop finishes reversing `num`

. In this case, `reversed`

and the input (-11) are equal to each which means that the boolean value that’s going to be returned should be `true`

. As mentioned in the beginning of this blog, negative numbers should return `false`

! One way to fix this is by creating an `if`

statement that returns `false`

if `reversed`

is a negative number. Here’s the full solution:

I hope this blog was helpful! Please feel free to reach out or leave a comment on this blog if there are better solutions for this problem!