Vector as a Stack

Vector as a Stack in Rust

1 exercise

About Vector as a Stack

A stack is a linear data structure optimized for access from one end. An appropriate metaphor is a pile of sheets of paper on a spindle: new pieces of paper are always added to the same end, and the sheets are removed in the opposite order that they were added. The sheets added first are removed last, and those added last are removed first.

Rust's Vec data structure is appropriate for use as a stack. The push method adds items to the tail of the vector. The pop method removes the final item from the vector. Both push and pop require only amortized O(1) time.


In this example, we use a vector as a stack for a simple RPN calculator. Full source can be found on the playground.

pub struct RpnCalculator {
    stack: Vec<Value>,

impl RpnCalculator {
    pub fn evaluate(&mut self, argument: Argument) -> Result<(), Error> {
        match argument {
            Argument::Value(value) => self.stack.push(value),
            Argument::Operator(operator) => {
                let b = self.stack.pop().ok_or(Error::StackUnderflow)?;
                let a = self.stack.pop().ok_or(Error::StackUnderflow)?;
                let output = operator.execute()(a, b);

    pub fn conclude(self) -> Result<Value, Error> {
        if self.stack.len() == 1 {
        } else {
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