Your task is to write a program that runs in two different languages, and does the following:

  • In one language, it palindromizes a given string.
    • Take the string. abcde
    • Reverse the string. edcba
    • Remove the first character. dcba
    • Glue it onto the original string. abcdedcba
  • In another language, it depalindromizes a given string.
    • Take a string palidromized by the above method. abcdedcba
    • Get the characters from the start to the middle. abcde

Remember, this is , so the code with the fewest characters (not bytes) wins.


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# [><>](http://esolangs.org/wiki/Fish)/Python, 121 bytes

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  • \$\begingroup\$ @LuisMendo One second... \$\endgroup\$
    – Oliver Ni
    Commented Nov 6, 2016 at 18:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ @LuisMendo Okay, I have updated the quesiton \$\endgroup\$
    – Oliver Ni
    Commented Nov 6, 2016 at 18:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ Will the string ever contain newlines? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 6, 2016 at 18:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ Can the input format be different in the two languages? Like a string with enclosing quotes or without them \$\endgroup\$
    – Luis Mendo
    Commented Nov 6, 2016 at 22:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @LuisMendo Yes. \$\endgroup\$
    – Oliver Ni
    Commented Nov 6, 2016 at 23:33

15 Answers 15


05AB1E / MATL, 10 9 characters


In 05AB1E this palindromizes. In MATL it depalindromizes.

Explanation in 05AB1E

This part of the code does nothing (globally):

9L    Pushes array [1, 2, ... 9]
Q     Consumes the array, takes the input implicitly, and produces no output
2/    With no further input to take implicitly, this gives no output
)     Wrap stack into an array: gives an empty array
%     Consumes that array and, with no further input to take implicitly, gives no ouput 

This is the part that does the work:

¹     Push input again
û     Palindromize. Implicitly display

Explanation in MATL

This is the part that does the work:

9L    Push array [0, 1j]
Q2/   Add 1, divide by two: transforms into [1/2, (1+1j)/2]
)     Use as index into implicit input. [1/2, (1+1j)/2] is interpreted as
      1/2:(end+1)/2, which is rounded to 1:(end+1)/2. So this takes elements
      from first to half, including both. Implicitly display

This is ignored:

%¹û   Everything after '%' is a comment

05AB1E / Jelly, 6 characters

Palindromizes in 05AB1E.
Depalindromizes in Jelly.


Try it in 05AB1E

05AB1E Explanation

œ       # compute powerset of input
 s      # swap (does nothing)
  2     # push 2
   Ḣ    # does nothing
    ¹û  # palindromize input

Try it in Jelly

Jelly Explanation

œs2     # split input in 2 chunks (first chunk is larger for odd length strings)
   Ḣ    # head, take first
    ¹û  # does nothing

Scala / Javascript, 106 bytes


Palindromizes in scala and depalindromizes in javascript.

Try it on ideone (scala) - Warning: wrong syntax highlighting

Try it on jsfiddle (javascript).


Scala, like java, processes unicode escapes before everything else, so scalac sees the code like this:

/**/                                //\u002A is as asterisk, results in an empty block comment
print(args(0)+args(0).reverse.tail) //scala code
//*/                                //a line comment
/*                                  //scala supports nested block comments, so this comment...
  //                                  //\u000A (newline) inserted here
*/                                  //...ends here

The javascript gets parsed like this:

/*\u002A/print(args(0)+args(0).reverse.tail)//*/ //block comment
/*                                               //a block comment...
*/                                               //...ending here, no nesting
alert((s=prompt()).slice(0,-s.length/2))         //code
//\u000A*/                                       //line comment

Python 3 / JavaScript, 83 chars

Saved 2 bytes thanks to @LevitatingLion


Python palindromizes, JavaScript depalindromizes.

I tried keeping more code constant between the two, but I couldn't figure out a good way to sneak .slice into Python. Here's an alternate method:

  • \$\begingroup\$ You can replace x[::-1][1:] with x[-2::-1] to save two chars. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 7, 2016 at 17:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @LevitatingLion Thank you! I'd tried to figure out how to combine the two slices, but nothing seemed to work. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 7, 2016 at 17:23

CJam / MATL, 18 characters


In CJam this palindromizes. In MATL it depalindromizes.

Explanation in CJam

Working part:

r           Read string
_           Duplicate
W%          Reverse
(;          Remove first element

Dummy part:

"j9LQ2/)%"  Push this string
;           Remove it from the stack
            Implicitly display both strings obtained previously

Explanation in MATL

Dummy part:

r           Push random number between 0 and 1
_           Negate
W           2 raised to that
%(;  Comment (ignored)

Working part:

"           For each element in the array at the top of the stack. Since it is a number,
            which is the same as a length-1 array, the following is executed once
  j         Input string
  9L        Push array [0, 1j]
  Q2/       Add 1, divide by 2: transforms into [1/2, (1+1j)/2]
  )         Use as index. [1/2, (1+1j)/2] is interpreted as 1/2:(end+1)/2, which is
            rounded to 1:(1+end)/2. So this takes elements from first to half,
            including both

Another dummy part:

   %";      Comment (ignored)
            Implicitly display the previously obtained string

𝔼𝕊𝕄𝕚𝕟 / Javascript ES6, 55 chars


Try it here (ES6 browsers only).

Palindromizes in 𝔼𝕊𝕄𝕚𝕟, depalindromizes in Javascript ES6.

I though this was going to be easy, since 𝔼𝕊𝕄𝕚𝕟 compiles to ES6 and most of ES6 can be run in 𝔼𝕊𝕄𝕚𝕟. Apparently, I'm completely wrong.


this._ checks to see if variable _ exists in the global scope; 𝔼𝕊𝕄𝕚𝕟 uses Lodash and therefore has _ stored, but pure ES6 doesn't.

The 𝔼𝕊𝕄𝕚𝕟 segment - Σ(`ï+ï.Ħ⬮.Đ1`) - evaluates from string the code that palindromizes input. Normally, the code would be ï+ïĦ⬮Đ1, but I put the dots in to make the compiler happy.

The Javascript segment - (x=prompt()).slice(0,-x.length/2) - depalindromizes a string from a prompt.

I was going to use a function (so I didn't have to deal with prompt), but 𝔼𝕊𝕄𝕚𝕟's evaluation function didn't like that, so I used prompt and no function to make the compiler happy.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Wow, the compiler's picky. \$\endgroup\$
    – hyper-neutrino
    Commented Nov 6, 2016 at 20:06

JavaScript ES6 / JavaScript ES3, 143 bytes

function(x){'use strict';function a(){return x+x.split('').reverse().slice(1).join('')}{function a(){return x.slice(0,-x.length/2)}}return a()}

Palindromizes in JavaScript ES6, depalindromizes in JavaScript ES3. Non competing, it's just a try to make a polyglot for two versions of the same language.

In ES3 functions are allowed in blocks, but as blocks don't define scopes the new function just replaces the first function. In ES5 strict mode it fails because it don't allow functions to be defined in blocks. In ES6 it's allowed and, because blocks now define scopes, the first function isn't replaced.

Tested in Internet Explorer 5 (emulated) for ES3 and Node.JS and Firefox for ES6.


Jelly / CJam, 15 14 chars


-1 char thanks to 42545 (ETHproductions)

Try it online! (Jelly) (Palindromization)

CJam interpreter (Depalindromization)

Jelly explanation:

In Jelly, is the same as \n, so this is what Jelly sees:


ṖṚṭ         Main link. Arguments: z
Ṗ           Pop
 Ṛ          Reverse
  ṭ         Append
   ⁸        (implicit) z

CJam explanation:

In CJam, everything after e# on a line is a comment. So, this is what CJam sees:

q_,2./m]< Code
q         All input
 _        Duplicate
  ,       Length
   2.     2.0
     /    Float division
      m]  Ceil
        < Take
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ETHproductions Whoops, I forgot it! It's called "bounce", that's why. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 7, 2016 at 16:09

Perl / JavaScript, 73 bytes

Perl returns a palindrome and JavaScript 'de-palindromizes' the input string.



Assumes the string is a valid palindrome already.

All the work happens in the first section:


Stores input in s, then returns the first half (rounded-up) of the string. The rest of the script is pointless variable assignments:


Try it here:



Must be run with -pl, eg:

perl -ple 's=prompt();console.log(s.slice(0,-s.length/2));eg=1;t=eg;s=$=reverse$_=eg' <<< 'test'
# returns testtset

The code is basically two substitutions (s///), but using = as the delimiter instead of /:


The first, replacing prompt();console.log(s.slice(0,-s.length\/2));eg (which, admittedly will mess up your string if it contains something like "prompt;console.logs.slice0,-s.length/2;eg"...) with 1;t which is evaled, returning t, the second replaces the end of the string ($) with reverse$_ which is then also evaled and appends the original source string reversed.

Try it online!


05AB1E/V, 14 bytes


Try it online!

Palindromizes in 05AB1E

Try it online!

Depalindromizes in V, using this answer from DrMcMoylex.


Python 2 / Nim, 76 74 bytes

s=input();print s+s[-2::-1]#let s=stdin.readLine;echo s[0..s.len div 2]

Palindromizes in Python, depalindromizes in Nim. Abuses comment syntax.

Python and Nim both use # for comments. Python doesn't support block comments at all (except for multiline strings with """), but Nim does with #[ comment ]#.

We abuse this to comment out the Python (at the beginning) for Nim, then use the trailing ] in the Python to start the Nim code, looking like a comment for Python.

The Python code requires its input surrounded with quotes. The Nim code doesn't have this restriction.

Tested on Python 2.7.8 and Nim 0.14.2.

Ideone it! -- Python 2, palindromizing

Ideone it! -- Nim, depalindromizing Apparently the version of Nim Ideone uses (0.11.2) doesn't support multiline comments. Works on Nim 0.14.2.


Jelly / Pyth, 15 14 chars


Credit where credit is due.

Try it online! (Jelly) (Palindromizes)

pyth.herokuapp.com (Pyth) (Depalindromizes) (trailing newline)


Japt / JavaScript, 63 chars

Lesson of the day: Japt/JavaScript polyglots are always a bad idea...

$Oq=1;$Oq &&0


The first line sets the variable $Oq to 1, then performs a no-op with $Oq &&0.

The second line prompts the user for an input string, assigning it to the variable $U, then slices it from index 0*$U (always 0) to index -$U.length/2. This performs the necessary depalindromization; the result is then alerted. The program ends on a ReferenceError because variable $Uê is not defined.


In Japt, anything between dollar signs is inserted directly into the transpiled source code. Other than that, each lowercase letter transpiles to e.g. .q(, unless the previous char was another lowercase letter, in which case it becomes "q". A space is transpiled to ), and all missing parens are automatically added. The above program transpiles roughly to:


This is then executed as JavaScript. Oq=1; sets the variable Oq to 1. This is never used again, so it's a no-op. O.q() is a function that clears STDOUT and returns undefined; this is falsy, so the entire &&0 .a("l".e(... part is not executed.

The only part that really matters is U.ê(). Implicit input puts the input string in U, .ê() turns it into a palindrome, and implicit output sends the result to STDOUT.

If function entries are allowed, the following will work for 34 chars:


The first part defines an ES6 function, but it's still a full program in Japt. Test it online!


Java / Brainfuck, 71 bytes


Palindromizes in BF, depalindromizes in Java.

For the sake of clarity, this is what matters to the BF interpreter:


where the last loop containing characters from the Java lambda is skipped because the pointer points to a null character at that point.


05AB1E / Java 8, 102 chars

interface M{static void main(String[]a){System.out.print(a[0].substring(0,a[0].length()/2+1));}}

Palindromize in 05AB1E.
Depalindromize in Java 8.

Explanation 05AB1E:

//     # No-ops
¹      # First input
 û     # Palindromize it
  q    # Terminate the program
interface M{static void main(String[]a){System.out.print(a[0].substring(0,a[0].length()/2+1));}}
       # No-ops

Explanation Java 8:

//¹ûq                           // No-ops
interface M{                    // Class
  static void main(String[]a){  //  Mandatory main-method
    System.out.print(           //   Print to STDOUT:
      a[0].substring(0,         //    The substring of the input-argument from index 0 to
        a[0].length()/2+1));}}  //    the length of the input integer-divided by 2 plus 1

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