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package Array::Heap::PriorityQueue::String;
use strict;
use warnings;
use vars qw( $VERSION );
$VERSION = '1.10';
use Array::Heap qw( make_heap_lex pop_heap_lex push_heap_lex );

=head1 NAME

Array::Heap::PriorityQueue::String - String-weighted priority queue


   use Array::Heap::PriorityQueue::String;
   my $pq = Array::Heap::PriorityQueue::String->new();
   $pq->add('fish', 'b');
   $pq->add('banana', 'a');
   print $pq->get(), "\n"; # banana
   print $pq->peek(), "\n"; # fish


This module implements a priority queue, which is a data structure that can
efficiently locate the item with the lowest weight at any time.

Weights are strings, which are sorted in lexicographic order.

This module is a wrapper around the *_heap_lex methods provided by


=over 4

=item Array::Heap::PriorityQueue::String->new()

Create a new, empty priority queue.


sub new {
   my ($class) = @_;
   return bless [ ] => $class;

=item $pq->add($item, $weight)

Add an item to the priority queue with the given weight. Weights are
compared as strings (lexicographically), and default to item.


sub add {
   my ($self, $item, $weight) = @_;
   $weight = "$item" unless defined $weight;
   push_heap_lex @$self, [ $weight, $item ];

=item $pq->peek()

Return the first (lexicographically lowest weight) item from the queue.
Does not modify the queue. Returns undef if the queue is empty.


sub peek {
   my ($self) = @_;
   my $node = $self->[0] or return;
   return $node->[1];

=item $pq->get()

Removes the first item from the priority queue and returns it.
Returns undef if the queue is empty. If two items in the queue
have equal weight, this module makes no guarantee as to which
one will be returned first.


sub get {
   my ($self) = @_;
   my $node = pop_heap_lex @$self or return;
   return $node->[1];

=item $pq->min_weight()

Returns the weight of the lowest item in the queue, or undef if empty.


sub min_weight {
   my ($self) = @_;
   my $node = $self->[0] or return;
   return $node->[0];

=item $pq->size()

Returns the number of items in the priority queue.


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