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  • Gary Daniels and Evan Goldring - Mock whiteboard problem

    namespace Infocus
       using System;

       public sealed class Util
          private Util(){}

          /// <summary>
          /// Verifies the input text is a palindrome.
          /// </summary>
          /// <param name="input">The text to be       verified.</param>
          /// <param name="ignoreWhitepspace">Option set to true to ignore whitespace.</param>
          /// <param name="caseSensitive">Option that toggles case-sensitive.</param>
          /// <param name="alphaOnly">Option that verifies only alpha-numeric characters exist.</param>
          public static void VerifyPalindrome(string input, bool ignoreWhitespace, bool caseSensitive, bool alphaOnly)
    #if DEBUG
             // verify input is not null
             // NOTE: we could simply rely on Replace() below to throw this exception, hence DEBUG
             if (input == null) 
                throw new NullReferenceException("Input cannot be null.");

             // strip whitespace
             if (ignoreWhitespace)
                input = System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, @"\s", "");

             // verify alphanumeric
             if (alphaOnly && System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex.IsMatch(input, @"\W"))
                throw new ApplicationException("Input contained non-alphanumeric characters.");

             // lowercase input
             if (!caseSensitive)
                input = input.ToLower();

             // verify input length is valid for a palindrome
             if (input.Length < 2)
                throw new ApplicationException("Length of input must be greater than 1.");

             int forwardIndexer = 0, reverseIndexer = input.Length-1;

             while ((forwardIndexer <= reverseIndexer) && (input[forwardIndexer] == input[reverseIndexer]))

             if (forwardIndexer <= reverseIndexer)
                throw new ApplicationException("Not a valid Palindrome.");

          /// <summary>
          /// Performs a case insensitive, non-whitespace intensive palindrome verification on the input string.
          /// </summary>
          /// <returns>true if input is a palindrome</returns>
          public static bool IsPalindrome(string input)
                VerifyPalindrome(input, true, false, false);
             catch (ApplicationException appex)
                return false;
             return true;

    I prefer that exceptions be leveraged especially for internal code. Optimization based on failure-rates aside, I think it's more elegant to say in-code:

    string input = "dood";

    and then fail back to the caller if he supplied us with invalid input. No need to continually re-invent error checks because of booleans along the stack.

    Of course, 1 or two more overloads wouldn't hurt.

    I didn't read through ALL posts made by everyone. If it looks like I copied your code, sorry, just know I didn't get past the t-sql post on the first page before realizing I thought the code should be done differently. This took me 9 minutes. I didn't test it (whiteboards don't have a debugger at Microsoft, do they?)