Implementation of Queue in Javascript

In This article, we would be implementing Queue data structure in javascript. A Queue works on the FIFO(First in First Out) principle. Hence, it performs two basic operations that is addition of elements at the end of the queue and removal of elements from the front of the queue. Like Stack, Queue is also a linear data structure.

Note: Assuming a queue can grow dynamically we are not considering the overflow condition
Now let’s see an example of queue class using an array:-


// Queue class
class Queue
    // Array is used to implement a Queue
        this.items = [];
    // Functions to be implemented
    // enqueue(item)
    // dequeue()
    // front()
    // isEmpty()
    // printQueue()

As in the above definition we have created a skeleton of a queue class which contains a constructor in which we declare an array to implement queue. Hence, with the creation of an object of a queue class this constructor would be called automatically and the array will be declared

Let’s implement each of these functions:

  1. enqueue() – Adds an element to the queue
    // enqueue function
        // adding element to the queue


    This function adds an element at the rear of a queue. We have used push() method of array to add an element at the end of the queue.

  2. dequeue() – Removes an element from the queue
    // dequeue function
        // removing element from the queue
        // returns underflow when called 
        // on empty queue
            return "Underflow";
        return this.items.shift();

    This function removes an element from the front of a queue . We have used shift method of an array to remove an element from the queue.

  3. front() – returns the front element of the queue
    // front function
        // returns the Front element of 
        // the queue without removing it.
            return "No elements in Queue";
        return this.items[0];

    This function returns the front element of the queue. We simply return the 0th element of an array to get the front of a queue.

Helper Methods

Let’s declare some helper method which is quite useful while working with the queue.

  1. isEmpty() – Returns true if the queue is empty
    // isEmpty function
        // return true if the queue is empty.
        return this.items.length == 0;

    In this function we have used the length property of an array and if the array length is 0 then the queue is empty.

  2. printQueue()– Returns all the elements of an queue.
    // printQueue function
        var str = "";
        for(var i = 0; i < this.items.length; i++)
            str += this.items[i] +" ";
        return str;

    In this method we concatenate all the elements of the queue in a string and return the string

Note: Different helper method can be declared in Queue class as per the requirement.


Now let’s use the queue class and its different method described above

// creating object for queue class
var queue = new Queue();
// Testing dequeue and pop on an empty queue
// returns Underflow
// returns true
// Adding elements to the queue
// queue contains [10, 20, 30, 40, 50]
// returns 10
// removes 10 from the queue
// queue contains [20, 30, 40, 50, 60]
// returns 20
// removes 20
// queue contains [30, 40, 50, 60]
// printing the elements of the queue
// prints [30, 40, 50, 60]

Now once we are done with the implementation of Queue class we can use it different applications.

Application : An Interesting Method to Generate Binary Numbers from 1 to n

In this problem we generate different binary numbers from 1 to n.

// function to generate binary numbers
function generatePrintBinary(n)
    // Create an empty queue of strings
    var q = new Queue();
    // Enqueue the first binary number
    // This loops is like BFS of a tree with 1 as root
    // 0 as left child and 1 as right child and so on
    while(n-- > 0)
        // print the front of queue
        var s1 = q.front();
        // Store s1 before changing it
        var s2 = s1;
        // Append "0" to s1 and enqueue it
        q.enqueue(s1 + "0");
        // Append "1" to s2 and enqueue it. Note that s2 contains
        // the previous front
        q.enqueue(s2 + "1");
// calling the above function    
// prints [1 10 11 100 101]

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This article is attributed to GeeksforGeeks.org

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