Add elements to a PriorityQueue using Javascript

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Enqueuing elements to a PriorityQueue means adding them in the array in order of the priority of the element. We'll consider higher numbers to be higher priorities. We'll loop through the container till we find a lower priority and then add the element there. If not, then we'll push it at the end of the container.

Note that we're creating the element object with the data and priority. Hence we can implement the enqueue function as follows −  


enqueue(data, priority) {
   // Check if Queue is full
   if (this.isFull()) {
      console.log("Queue Overflow!");
   let currElem = new this.Element(data, priority);
   let addedFlag = false;
   // Since we want to add elements to end, we'll just push them.
   for(let i = 0; i < this.container.length; i ++) {
       if(currElem.priority < this.container[i].priority) {
          this.container.splice(i, 0, currElem);
         addedFlag = true; break;
   if (!addedFlag) {

You can check if this function is working fine using − 


let q = new PriorityQueue(4);
q.enqueue("Hello", 3);
q.enqueue("World", 2);
q.enqueue("Foo", 8);


This will give the output −

[ { data: 'World', priority: 2 },
  { data: 'Hello', priority: 3 },
  { data: 'Foo', priority: 8 } ]

As you can see the elements are in a sorted order. The enqueue function works like insertion sort's insertions.

Published on 27-Jun-2018 08:37:20