VBA Queue – Using the VBA Queue in Excel. FIFO in VBA

The VBA Queue represents a first-in, first-out collection of objects (FIFO). You push items to the Queue, and then read them out at a later time in the same order. Queues are useful if you want to store items in the exact order you should process them, especially if you constantly are adding new items to the Queue.

VBA Queue example

Below is an example of a FIFO queue in VBA. Four strings are added and then the first one is removed.

Dim queue as Object
Set queue = CreateObject("System.Collections.Queue") 'Create the Queue

queue.Enqueue "Hello"
queue.Enqueue "There"
queue.Enqueue "Mr"
queue.Enqueue "Smith"

peekAtFirst = queue.Peek() 'Result" "Hello"

doesContain = queue.Contains("htrh") 'Result: False
doesContain = queue.Contains("Hello") 'Result: True

'Get first item in Queue and remove it from the Queue
firstInQueue = queue.Dequeue() '"Hello"

'Count items
Debug.Print queue.Count 'Result: 3

'Clear the Queue

Set queue = Nothing

Queues are useful when in need of dynamic data structure that changes size, while adding and removing elements from it in the same sequence. If you need the opposite i.e. a LIFO (last in first out), data structure check out the VBA Stack.