Simple Linked List in Rust
Write a simple linked list implementation that uses Elements and a List
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Simple Linked List
Write a simple linked list implementation that uses Elements and a List.
The linked list is a fundamental data structure in computer science, often used in the implementation of other data structures. They're pervasive in functional programming languages, such as Clojure, Erlang, or Haskell, but far less common in imperative languages such as Ruby or Python.
The simplest kind of linked list is a singly linked list. Each element in the list contains data and a "next" field pointing to the next element in the list of elements.
This variant of linked lists is often used to represent sequences or push-down stacks (also called a LIFO stack; Last In, First Out).
As a first take, lets create a singly linked list to contain the range (1..10), and provide functions to reverse a linked list and convert to and from arrays.
When implementing this in a language with built-in linked lists, implement your own abstract data type.
Do not implement the struct
SimpleLinkedList as a wrapper around a
Vec. Instead, allocate nodes on the heap.
This might be implemented as:
head field points to the first element (Node) of this linked list.
This implementation also requires a struct
Node with the following fields:
data contains the stored data, and
next points to the following node (if available) or None.
Option<Box<Node<T>>> and not just
Try it on your own. You will get the following error.
| struct Node<T> | ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ recursive type has infinite size ... | next: Option<Node<T>>, | --------------------- recursive without indirection
The problem is that at compile time the size of next must be known.
next is recursive ("a node has a node has a node..."), the compiler does not know how much memory is to be allocated.
In contrast, Box is a heap pointer with a defined size.
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Writing the Code
Execute the tests with:
$ cargo test
All but the first test have been ignored. After you get the first test to
pass, remove the ignore flag (
#[ignore]) from the next test and get the tests
to pass again. The test file is located in the
tests directory. You can
also remove the ignore flag from all the tests to get them to run all at once
if you wish.
Make sure to read the Modules chapter if you haven't already, it will help you with organizing your files.
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Inspired by 'Data Structures and Algorithms with Object-Oriented Design Patterns in Ruby', singly linked-lists. http://www.brpreiss.com/books/opus8/html/page96.html#SECTION004300000000000000000
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