Queue<T> Class

Definition

Represents a first-in, first-out collection of objects.

generic <typename T>
public ref class Queue : System::Collections::Generic::IEnumerable<T>, System::Collections::Generic::IReadOnlyCollection<T>, System::Collections::ICollection
[System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComVisible(false)]
[System.Serializable]
public class Queue<T> : System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<T>, System.Collections.Generic.IReadOnlyCollection<T>, System.Collections.ICollection
type Queue<'T> = class
    interface seq<'T>
    interface ICollection
    interface IReadOnlyCollection<'T>
    interface IEnumerable
Public Class Queue(Of T)
Implements ICollection, IEnumerable(Of T), IReadOnlyCollection(Of T)

Type Parameters

T

Specifies the type of elements in the queue.

Inheritance
Queue<T>
Attributes
Implements

Examples

The following code example demonstrates several methods of the Queue<T> generic class. The code example creates a queue of strings with default capacity and uses the Enqueue method to queue five strings. The elements of the queue are enumerated, which does not change the state of the queue. The Dequeue method is used to dequeue the first string. The Peek method is used to look at the next item in the queue, and then the Dequeue method is used to dequeue it.

The ToArray method is used to create an array and copy the queue elements to it, then the array is passed to the Queue<T> constructor that takes IEnumerable<T>, creating a copy of the queue. The elements of the copy are displayed.

An array twice the size of the queue is created, and the CopyTo method is used to copy the array elements beginning at the middle of the array. The Queue<T> constructor is used again to create a second copy of the queue containing three null elements at the beginning.

The Contains method is used to show that the string "four" is in the first copy of the queue, after which the Clear method clears the copy and the Count property shows that the queue is empty.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;

class Example
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        Queue<string> numbers = new Queue<string>();
        numbers.Enqueue("one");
        numbers.Enqueue("two");
        numbers.Enqueue("three");
        numbers.Enqueue("four");
        numbers.Enqueue("five");

        // A queue can be enumerated without disturbing its contents.
        foreach( string number in numbers )
        {
            Console.WriteLine(number);
        }

        Console.WriteLine("\nDequeuing '{0}'", numbers.Dequeue());
        Console.WriteLine("Peek at next item to dequeue: {0}", 
            numbers.Peek());
        Console.WriteLine("Dequeuing '{0}'", numbers.Dequeue());

        // Create a copy of the queue, using the ToArray method and the
        // constructor that accepts an IEnumerable<T>.
        Queue<string> queueCopy = new Queue<string>(numbers.ToArray());

        Console.WriteLine("\nContents of the first copy:");
        foreach( string number in queueCopy )
        {
            Console.WriteLine(number);
        }
        
        // Create an array twice the size of the queue and copy the
        // elements of the queue, starting at the middle of the 
        // array. 
        string[] array2 = new string[numbers.Count * 2];
        numbers.CopyTo(array2, numbers.Count);
        
        // Create a second queue, using the constructor that accepts an
        // IEnumerable(Of T).
        Queue<string> queueCopy2 = new Queue<string>(array2);

        Console.WriteLine("\nContents of the second copy, with duplicates and nulls:");
        foreach( string number in queueCopy2 )
        {
            Console.WriteLine(number);
        }

        Console.WriteLine("\nqueueCopy.Contains(\"four\") = {0}", 
            queueCopy.Contains("four"));

        Console.WriteLine("\nqueueCopy.Clear()");
        queueCopy.Clear();
        Console.WriteLine("\nqueueCopy.Count = {0}", queueCopy.Count);
    }
}

/* This code example produces the following output:

one
two
three
four
five

Dequeuing 'one'
Peek at next item to dequeue: two
Dequeuing 'two'

Contents of the copy:
three
four
five

Contents of the second copy, with duplicates and nulls:



three
four
five

queueCopy.Contains("four") = True

queueCopy.Clear()

queueCopy.Count = 0
 */
Imports System.Collections.Generic

Module Example

    Sub Main

        Dim numbers As New Queue(Of String)
        numbers.Enqueue("one")
        numbers.Enqueue("two")
        numbers.Enqueue("three")
        numbers.Enqueue("four")
        numbers.Enqueue("five")

        ' A queue can be enumerated without disturbing its contents.
        For Each number As String In numbers
            Console.WriteLine(number)
        Next

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "Dequeuing '{0}'", numbers.Dequeue())
        Console.WriteLine("Peek at next item to dequeue: {0}", _
            numbers.Peek())    
        Console.WriteLine("Dequeuing '{0}'", numbers.Dequeue())

        ' Create a copy of the queue, using the ToArray method and the
        ' constructor that accepts an IEnumerable(Of T).
        Dim queueCopy As New Queue(Of String)(numbers.ToArray())

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "Contents of the first copy:")
        For Each number As String In queueCopy
            Console.WriteLine(number)
        Next
        
        ' Create an array twice the size of the queue, compensating
        ' for the fact that Visual Basic allocates an extra array 
        ' element. Copy the elements of the queue, starting at the
        ' middle of the array. 
        Dim array2((numbers.Count * 2) - 1) As String
        numbers.CopyTo(array2, numbers.Count)
        
        ' Create a second queue, using the constructor that accepts an
        ' IEnumerable(Of T).
        Dim queueCopy2 As New Queue(Of String)(array2)

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & _
            "Contents of the second copy, with duplicates and nulls:")
        For Each number As String In queueCopy2
            Console.WriteLine(number)
        Next

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "queueCopy.Contains(""four"") = {0}", _
            queueCopy.Contains("four"))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "queueCopy.Clear()")
        queueCopy.Clear()
        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "queueCopy.Count = {0}", _
            queueCopy.Count)
    End Sub
End Module

' This code example produces the following output:
'
'one
'two
'three
'four
'five
'
'Dequeuing 'one'
'Peek at next item to dequeue: two
'
'Dequeuing 'two'
'
'Contents of the copy:
'three
'four
'five
'
'Contents of the second copy, with duplicates and nulls:
'
'
'
'three
'four
'five
'
'queueCopy.Contains("four") = True
'
'queueCopy.Clear()
'
'queueCopy.Count = 0

Remarks

This class implements a generic queue as a circular array. Objects stored in a Queue<T> are inserted at one end and removed from the other. Queues and stacks are useful when you need temporary storage for information; that is, when you might want to discard an element after retrieving its value. Use Queue<T> if you need to access the information in the same order that it is stored in the collection. Use Stack<T> if you need to access the information in reverse order. Use ConcurrentQueue<T> or ConcurrentStack<T> if you need to access the collection from multiple threads concurrently.

Three main operations can be performed on a Queue<T> and its elements:

The capacity of a Queue<T> is the number of elements the Queue<T> can hold. As elements are added to a Queue<T>, the capacity is automatically increased as required by reallocating the internal array. The capacity can be decreased by calling TrimExcess.

Queue<T> accepts null as a valid value for reference types and allows duplicate elements.

Constructors

Queue<T>()

Initializes a new instance of the Queue<T> class that is empty and has the default initial capacity.

Queue<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Initializes a new instance of the Queue<T> class that contains elements copied from the specified collection and has sufficient capacity to accommodate the number of elements copied.

Queue<T>(Int32)

Initializes a new instance of the Queue<T> class that is empty and has the specified initial capacity.

Properties

Count

Gets the number of elements contained in the Queue<T>.

Methods

Clear()

Removes all objects from the Queue<T>.

Contains(T)

Determines whether an element is in the Queue<T>.

CopyTo(T[], Int32)

Copies the Queue<T> elements to an existing one-dimensional Array, starting at the specified array index.

Dequeue()

Removes and returns the object at the beginning of the Queue<T>.

Enqueue(T)

Adds an object to the end of the Queue<T>.

Equals(Object)

Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object.

(Inherited from Object)
GetEnumerator()

Returns an enumerator that iterates through the Queue<T>.

GetHashCode()

Serves as the default hash function.

(Inherited from Object)
GetType()

Gets the Type of the current instance.

(Inherited from Object)
MemberwiseClone()

Creates a shallow copy of the current Object.

(Inherited from Object)
Peek()

Returns the object at the beginning of the Queue<T> without removing it.

ToArray()

Copies the Queue<T> elements to a new array.

ToString()

Returns a string that represents the current object.

(Inherited from Object)
TrimExcess()

Sets the capacity to the actual number of elements in the Queue<T>, if that number is less than 90 percent of current capacity.

TryDequeue(T)
TryPeek(T)

Explicit Interface Implementations

ICollection.CopyTo(Array, Int32)

Copies the elements of the ICollection to an Array, starting at a particular Array index.

ICollection.IsSynchronized

Gets a value indicating whether access to the ICollection is synchronized (thread safe).

ICollection.SyncRoot

Gets an object that can be used to synchronize access to the ICollection.

IEnumerable.GetEnumerator()

Returns an enumerator that iterates through a collection.

IEnumerable<T>.GetEnumerator()

Returns an enumerator that iterates through a collection.

Extension Methods

CopyToDataTable<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Returns a DataTable that contains copies of the DataRow objects, given an input IEnumerable<T> object where the generic parameter T is DataRow.

CopyToDataTable<T>(IEnumerable<T>, DataTable, LoadOption)

Copies DataRow objects to the specified DataTable, given an input IEnumerable<T> object where the generic parameter T is DataRow.

CopyToDataTable<T>(IEnumerable<T>, DataTable, LoadOption, FillErrorEventHandler)

Copies DataRow objects to the specified DataTable, given an input IEnumerable<T> object where the generic parameter T is DataRow.

Cast<TResult>(IEnumerable)

Casts the elements of an IEnumerable to the specified type.

OfType<TResult>(IEnumerable)

Filters the elements of an IEnumerable based on a specified type.

AsParallel(IEnumerable)

Enables parallelization of a query.

AsQueryable(IEnumerable)

Converts an IEnumerable to an IQueryable.

Ancestors<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Returns a collection of elements that contains the ancestors of every node in the source collection.

Ancestors<T>(IEnumerable<T>, XName)

Returns a filtered collection of elements that contains the ancestors of every node in the source collection. Only elements that have a matching XName are included in the collection.

DescendantNodes<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Returns a collection of the descendant nodes of every document and element in the source collection.

Descendants<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Returns a collection of elements that contains the descendant elements of every element and document in the source collection.

Descendants<T>(IEnumerable<T>, XName)

Returns a filtered collection of elements that contains the descendant elements of every element and document in the source collection. Only elements that have a matching XName are included in the collection.

Elements<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Returns a collection of the child elements of every element and document in the source collection.

Elements<T>(IEnumerable<T>, XName)

Returns a filtered collection of the child elements of every element and document in the source collection. Only elements that have a matching XName are included in the collection.

InDocumentOrder<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Returns a collection of nodes that contains all nodes in the source collection, sorted in document order.

Nodes<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Returns a collection of the child nodes of every document and element in the source collection.

Remove<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Removes every node in the source collection from its parent node.

Applies to

Thread Safety

Public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

A Queue<T> can support multiple readers concurrently, as long as the collection is not modified. Even so, enumerating through a collection is intrinsically not a thread-safe procedure. For a thread-safe queue, see ConcurrentQueue<T>.