Check if String is a Palindrome

Description: Determines if the given string is a palindrome by comparing each letter with the corresponding one at the end. This is done in place and returns false if the string is empty.
Tested Platform: Java SE 7, Windows 7
Language: Java
public boolean isPalindrome(String str) {
		boolean palindrome = false;
		str = str.toLowerCase();

		// Loop from the start and end and compare the letter from the front to the one from the end.
		// Once the start is equal to or greater than the end, and it hasn't returned false, it must be a palindrome.
		for (int i = 0, j = str.length() - 1; i < str.length(); i++, j-- ) {
			if (i < j) {
				if (str.charAt(i) != str.charAt(j)) {
					return false;
			else { return true; }
		return palindrome;

Submitted: October 23, 2012

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