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to Reverse String in the Bash Track

Published at Jul 30 2020 · 2 comments
Test suite


This exercise has changed since this solution was written.

Reverse a string

For example: input: "cool" output: "looc"

Run the tests with:

bats reverse_string_test.sh

After the first test(s) pass, continue by commenting out or removing the skip annotations prepending other tests.


Introductory challenge to reverse an input string https://medium.freecodecamp.org/how-to-reverse-a-string-in-javascript-in-3-different-ways-75e4763c68cb

External utilities

Bash is a language to write scripts that works closely with various system utilities, like sed, awk, date and even other programming languages, like Python. This track does not restrict the usage of these utilities, and as long as your solution is portable between systems and does not require installing third party applications, feel free to use them to solve the exercise.

For an extra challenge, if you would like to have a better understanding of the language, try to re-implement the solution in pure Bash, without using any external tools.

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#!/usr/bin/env bash

@test "An empty string" {
  run bash reverse_string.sh ""

  [ "$status" -eq 0 ]
  [ "$output" = "" ]

@test "A word" {
  run bash reverse_string.sh "robot"

  [ "$status" -eq 0 ]
  [ "$output" = "tobor" ]

@test "A capitalised word" {
  run bash reverse_string.sh "Ramen"

  [ "$status" -eq 0 ]
  [ "$output" = "nemaR" ]

@test "A sentence with punctuation" {
  run bash reverse_string.sh "I'm hungry!"

  [ "$status" -eq 0 ]
  [ "$output" = "!yrgnuh m'I" ]

@test "A palindrome" {
  run bash reverse_string.sh "racecar"

  [ "$status" -eq 0 ]
  [ "$output" = "racecar" ]
#!/usr/bin/env bash

main() {
    echo $@ | rev
    exit 0

main "$@"

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Learned something new.


Clever solution.

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Thank you. When I ran across it the first time it made me wish I had seen it sooner. Now, I just wish it was in all the languages.

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