We can use Python’s List as Stack and Queue:
The list methods make it very easy to use a list as a stack, where the last element added is the first element retrieved (“last-in, first-out”). To add an item to the top of the stack, use append(). To retrieve an item from the top of the stack, use pop() without an explicit index.
>> stack = [3, 4, 5] >>> stack.append(6) >>> stack.append(7) >>> stack [3, 4, 5, 6, 7] >>> stack.pop() 7 >>> stack [3, 4, 5, 6] >>> stack.pop() 6 >>> stack.pop() 5 >>> stack [3, 4]
It is also possible to use a list as a queue, where the first element added is the first element retrieved (“first-in, first-out”); however, lists are not efficient for this purpose. While appends and pops from the end of list are fast, doing inserts or pops from the beginning of a list is slow (because all of the other elements have to be shifted by one).
To implement a queue, use collections.deque which was designed to have fast appends and pops from both ends.
>> from collections import deque >>> queue = deque([“Eric”, “John”, “Michael”]) >>> queue.append(“Terry”) # Terry arrives >>> queue.append(“Graham”) # Graham arrives >>> queue.popleft() # The first to arrive now leaves ‘Eric’ >>> queue.popleft() # The second to arrive now leaves ‘John’ >>> queue # Remaining queue in order of arrival deque([‘Michael’, ‘Terry’, ‘Graham’])