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Queue Generic Class

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

Namespace: System.Collections.Generic
Assembly: System (in system.dll)

'Declaration
<SerializableAttribute> _
<ComVisibleAttribute(False)> _
Public Class Queue(Of T)
	Implements IEnumerable(Of T), ICollection, _
	IEnumerable
'Usage
Dim instance As Queue(Of T)

J# supports the use of generic types and methods, but not the declaration of new ones.
JScript does not support generic types and methods.
Not applicable.

Type Parameters

T

Specifies the type of elements in the queue.

Queues are useful for storing messages in the order they were received for sequential processing. Objects stored in a Queue are inserted at one end and removed from the other.

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

Queue accepts a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) as a valid value for reference types and allows duplicate elements.

The following code example demonstrates several methods of the Queue 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 constructor that takes IEnumerable, 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 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.

Imports System
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

System.Object
  System.Collections.Generic.Queue

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 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. To guarantee thread safety during enumeration, you can lock the collection during the entire enumeration. To allow the collection to be accessed by multiple threads for reading and writing, you must implement your own synchronization.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0

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