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Mark Miyashita


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One Stack, One Queue

Stacks and Queues are popular abstract data structures that represent fundamental ideas in programming and more specifically data structures. One popular interview question is to mimic the functionality of a queue using two stacks. This question takes that a step further by requiring the queue to be made out of a single stack. Recall what fundamental idea stacks are related to and this question will be a breeze.

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# One Stack, One Queue - Python Solution
# By: Mark Miyashita

class Queue(object):
    """Build a queue using only one stack."""

    def __init__(self):
        self.items = []

    def enqueue(self, item):
        """Adds an item to the queue.

        >>> q = Queue()
        >>> q
        >>> q.enqueue(1)
        >>> q
        >>> q.enqueue(4)
        >>> q
        [1, 4]

    def dequeue(self):
        """Removes the first item in the queue.

        >>> q = Queue()
        >>> q
        >>> q.enqueue(14)
        >>> q.enqueue(123)
        >>> q
        [14, 123]
        >>> q.dequeue()
        >>> q
        temp = self.items.pop()
        if not self.items:
            return temp
        item = self.dequeue()
        return item

    def __repr__(self):
        return repr(self.items)