Queue Data Structure Basics

In this Article let’s explore the basics of Queue and how to implement it.

In computer science, a queue is a particular kind of abstract data type or collection in which the entities in the collection are kept in order. – Wiki

Why use a Queue?

Consider a website that manages movie tickets. Priority is given on a first come basis. It’s pretty obvious that someone who came earlier should get the ticket first. Here we are talking about “First In First Out”. In such scenarios Queue Data Structure is used.

What are the primary operations that can be performed on a Queue?

We can insert elements to a Queue – known as enqueue, delete elements from a Queue – known as dequeue and check elements in a Queue without deleting – known as peek.

For ease of understanding the Queue DS shown below has enqueue and dequeue methods.

How to implement Queue in C

Below is the code that can be used to perform basic operations on a Queue. The program is in C, but the idea can be used to implement this in other popular languages like Java or Python.


	Author: @ankur
	Date: March 23, 2018
	Version: 0.1
	This Program demonstrates the Queue Data Structure.  

struct qnode{
	int d;
	char *info;
	struct qnode *next;

void eq();
void dq();
void traverseQ();

int main(){
	printf("Let's insert elements to Q - A,B,C \n");
	eq(0, "A");
	eq(1, "B");
	eq(2, "C");
	return 0;

void eq(int data, char *info){
	struct qnode *new = (struct qnode *)malloc(sizeof(struct qnode));
	new->d = data;
	new->info = info;
	new->next = NULL;
	struct qnode *tempf = f;
	struct qnode *tempr = r;
	if(f == NULL){
		f = new;
		r = new;
	}else if(f->next == NULL){
		f->next = new;
		new->next = NULL;
		r = new;
		tempr->next = new;
		new->next = NULL;
		r = new;
	printf("ENQ done for node %s\n", info);

void dq(){
	if(f != NULL){
		struct qnode *temp = f;
		printf("Going to Deque %s \n",temp->info);
		f = f->next;
		printf("Q is empty \n");

int qsize(){
	int count = 0;
	if(f != NULL){
		f = f->next;
	return count;

void traverseQ(){
	printf("Q looks like - ");
	struct qnode *temp = f;
	while(temp != NULL){
		printf("%s ", temp->info);
		temp = temp->next;

When you run this program you will see below output




Author: Ankur

I am Enthusiastic about Learning new things and sharing my Knowledge. I like programming and have a pretty good background in Computer Science.

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