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5.1.2 Using Lists as Queues

You can also use a list conveniently as a queue, where the first element added is the first element retrieved ("first-in, first-out"). To add an item to the back of the queue, use append(). To retrieve an item from the front of the queue, use pop() with 0 as the index. For example:

    >>> queue = ["Eric", "John", "Michael"]
    >>> queue.append("Terry")           # Terry arrives
    >>> queue.append("Graham")          # Graham arrives
    >>> queue.pop(0)
    >>> queue.pop(0)
    >>> queue
    ['Michael', 'Terry', 'Graham']
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