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Program: How to reverse Singly Linked List?

Write a sample code to reverse Singly Linked List by iterating through it only once.

Recursive Method:
	1) Divide the list in two parts - first node and rest of the linked list.
	2) Call reverse for the rest of the linked list.
	3) Link rest to first.
	4) Fix head pointer.

package com.java2novice.ds.linkedlist;
public class SinglyLinkedListImpl<T> {
    private Node<T> head;
    public void add(T element){
        Node<T> nd = new Node<T>();
        System.out.println("Adding: "+element);
        Node<T> tmp = head;
        	if(tmp == null){
                //since there is only one element, both head and 
                //tail points to the same object.
                head = nd;
            } else if(tmp.getNextRef() == null){
            } else {
            	tmp = tmp.getNextRef();
    public void traverse(){
        Node<T> tmp = head;
            if(tmp == null){
            tmp = tmp.getNextRef();
    public void reverse(){
    	System.out.println("\nreversing the linked list\n");
    	Node<T> prev = null;
    	Node<T> current = head;
    	Node<T> next = null;
    	while(current != null){
    		next = current.getNextRef();
    		prev = current;
    		current = next;
    	head = prev;
    public static void main(String a[]){
        SinglyLinkedListImpl<Integer> sl = new SinglyLinkedListImpl<Integer>();
class Node<T> implements Comparable<T> {
    private T value;
    private Node<T> nextRef;
    public T getValue() {
        return value;
    public void setValue(T value) {
        this.value = value;
    public Node<T> getNextRef() {
        return nextRef;
    public void setNextRef(Node<T> ref) {
        this.nextRef = ref;
    public int compareTo(T arg) {
        if(arg == this.value){
            return 0;
        } else {
            return 1;

Adding: 3
Adding: 32
Adding: 54
Adding: 89

3	32	54	89	

reversing the linked list

89	54	32	3	
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Procedural Vs Object-oriented Programs
In procedural program, programming logic follows certain procedures and the instructions are executed one after another. In OOP program, unit of program is object, which is nothing but combination of data and code.

In procedural program, data is exposed to the whole program whereas in OOPs program, it is accessible with in the object and which in turn assures the security of the code.
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