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C++ Deque

The C++ has deque (pronounced “deck”) stands for “double-ended queue.” It is a data structure that supports insertion and deletion of elements from both ends efficiently. The std::deque is provided by the C++ Standard Library and is part of the C++ Standard Template Library (STL).

Here’s how you can work with a deque in C++:

Including the Required Header:

You need to include the <deque> header to use the std::deque container.

#include <iostream>
#include <deque>

Declaring a deque:

You can declare a deque like this:

std::deque<int> myDeque;

This declares a deque named myDeque that can store integers.

Adding Elements:

You can add elements to the front or back of the deque using push_front and push_back functions, respectively:

myDeque.push_back(42);   // Adds 42 to the back of the deque
myDeque.push_front(17);  // Adds 17 to the front of the deque

Removing Elements:

You can remove elements from the front or back of the deque using pop_front and pop_back functions:

myDeque.pop_back();   // Removes the last element
myDeque.pop_front();  // Removes the first element

Accessing Elements:

You can access elements in a deque by index, just like an array:

int value = myDeque[2];  // Accesses the element at index 2

Checking Size:

You can check the size of the deque using the size() function:

int size = myDeque.size();

Iterating Over a deque:

You can iterate through the elements of a deque using iterators or range-based for loops:

for (auto it = myDeque.begin(); it != myDeque.end(); ++it) {
    std::cout << *it << " ";

// or using a range-based for loop
for (const int& element : myDeque) {
    std::cout << element << " ";

std::deque provides efficient insertion and deletion at both ends compared to std::vector, which provides efficient operations at the back but not at the front. Therefore, if you need a container that supports these operations efficiently, std::deque is a good choice.


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