The Next Palindrome

May 22, 2009

This exercise comes originally from the Sphere Online Judge; I read it on Proggit based on a blog posting by Chethan T. So many of the answers were wrong that I decided it would make a good exercise for Programming Praxis. Here is SPOJ’s statement of the exercise:

A positive integer is called a palindrome if its representation in the decimal system is the same when read from left to right and from right to left. For a given positive integer K of not more than 1000000 digits, write the value of the smallest palindrome larger than K to output. Numbers are always displayed without leading zeros.

Your task is to write a function that calculates the next palindrome larger than its input. When you are finished, you are welcome to read or run a suggested solution, or post your own solution or discuss the exercise in the comments below.

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