VB.NET Queue

The Queue class represents a first-in, first-out collection of objects. It implements a queue as a circular array. Objects stored in a Queue are inserted at one end and removed from the other.

Three main operations can be performed on a Queue and its elements:

  • Enqueue adds an element to the end of the Queue.
  • Dequeue removes the oldest element from the start of the Queue.
  • Peek returns the oldest element at the start of the Queue but does not remove it from the Queue.

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


The following are basic methods of the Queue class.

Method Description
Clear() Removes all objects from the Queue.
Clone() Creates a shallow copy of the Queue.
Contains(Object) Determines whether an element is in the Queue.
CopyTo(Array, Int32) Copies the Queue elements to an existing one-dimensional Array, starting at the specified array index.
Dequeue() Removes and returns the object at the beginning of the Queue.
Enqueue(Object) Adds an object to the end of the Queue.
Equals(Object) Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object.
(Inherited from Object)
GetEnumerator() Returns an enumerator that iterates through the Queue.
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 beginning of the Queue without removing it.
Synchronized(Queue) Returns a new Queue that wraps the original queue, and is thread-safe.
ToArray() Copies the Queue elements to a new array.
ToString() Returns a string that represents the current object.
(Inherited from Object)
TrimToSize() Sets the capacity to the actual number of elements in the Queue.

The following example shows how to create and add values to a Queue and how to print out its values.

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

    For Each obj As Object In myQ
        Console.Write("    {0}", obj)

End Sub

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

        Count:    3
        Values:    Hello    World    !