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Queue data structure methods

The queue data structure has three main methods:

  • enqueue (adds a node to the back of the queue)
  • dequeue (removes node at the front of the queue)
  • peek (returns value of node at the front of the queue, without removing it)

Queue follows FIFO protocol

A queue is a data structure composed of nodes, which follows a first in, first out (FIFO) protocol.

This is analogous to a line at a grocery store, for which the first customer in the queue is the first to checkout.