VB.NET Stack

The Stack class represents a simple last-in-first-out (LIFO) non-generic collection of objects.

  • The capacity of a Stack is the number of elements the Stack can hold.
  • As elements are added to a Stack, the capacity is automatically increased as required through reallocation.


The following are basic methods of the Stack class.

Method Description
Clear() Removes all objects from the Stack.
Clone() Creates a shallow copy of the Stack.
Contains(Object) Determines whether an element is in the Stack.
CopyTo(Array, Int32) Copies the Stack to an existing one-dimensional Array, starting at the specified array index.
Equals(Object) Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object.
(Inherited from Object)
GetEnumerator() Returns an IEnumerator for the Stack.
GetHashCode() Serves as the default hash function.
(Inherited from Object)
GetType() Gets the Type of the current instance.
(Inherited from Object)
MemberwiseClone() Creates a shallow copy of the current Object.
(Inherited from Object)
Peek() Returns the object at the top of the Stack without removing it.
Pop() Removes and returns the object at the top of the Stack.
Push(Object) Inserts an object at the top of the Stack.
Synchronized(Stack) Returns a synchronized (thread-safe) wrapper for the Stack.
ToArray() Copies the Stack to a new array.
ToString() Returns a string that represents the current object.
(Inherited from Object)

The following example shows how to create and add values to a Stack and how to display its values.

Public Sub Example()
    Dim myStack As Stack = New Stack()
    Console.WriteLine(vbTab & "Count:    {0}", myStack.Count)
    Console.Write(vbTab & "Values:")

    For Each obj In myStack
        Console.Write("    {0}", obj)
End Sub

Let's run the above code, and you will see the following output.

        Count:    3
        Values:    !    World    Hello

If Count is less than the stack's capacity, Push is an O(1) operation.

  • If the capacity needs to be increased to accommodate the new element, Push becomes an O(n) operation, where n is Count.
  • Pop is an O(1) operation.