Key Concepts

Review core concepts you need to learn to master this subject

Removing a node from the middle of a linked list

When removing a node from the middle of a linked list, it is necessary to adjust the link on the previous node so that it points to the following node. In the given illustration, the node a1 must point to the node a3 if the node a2 is removed from the linked list.

Linked List data structure

A linked list is a linear data structure where elements are not stored at contiguous location. Instead the elements are linked using pointers.

In a linked list data is stored in nodes and each node is linked to the next and, optionally, to the previous. Each node in a list consists of the following parts:

1) data 2) A pointer (Or reference) to the next node 3) Optionally, a pointer to the previous node

Adding a new head node in a linked list

When adding a new node to the start of a linked list, it is necessary to maintain the list by giving the new head node a link to the current head node. For instance, to add a new node a0 to the begining of the linked list, a0 should point to a1.

The Head Node in Linked Lists

The first node in a linked list is called the head node. If the linked list is empty, then the value of the head node is NULL.

Implementing a linked list

A linked list exposes the ability to traverse the list from one node to another node. The starting node is considered the head node from where the list can be traversed.

Linked List Data Structure

A linked list is a data structure that consists of a list of nodes. Each node contains data and a link to the next node. As shown below, you can implement a LinkedList class in Python, utilizing a Python implementation of the Node class.

Arrow Chevron Left Icon
Linked Lists: Conceptual
Lesson 1 of 2
Arrow Chevron Right Icon
  1. 1
    Linked lists are one of the basic data structures used in computer science. They have many direct applications and serve as the foundation for more complex data structures. The list is comprised …
  2. 2
    As an example, we added values to the linked list diagram from the introduction. This linked list contains three nodes (node_a, node_b, and node_c). Each node in this particular list contains a…
  3. 3
    With linked lists, because nodes are linked to from only one other node, you can’t just go adding and removing nodes willy-nilly without doing a bit of maintenance. #### Adding a new node Adding …
  4. 4
    Let’s take a minute to review what we’ve covered about linked lists in this lesson. Linked Lists: - Are comprised of nodes - The nodes contain a link to the next node (and also the previous node …
  1. 1
    Let’s implement a linked list in Python. As you might recall, each linked list is a sequential chain of nodes. So before we start building out the LinkedList itself, we want to build up a Node clas…
  2. 2
    With the Node in hand, we can start building the actual linked list. Depending on the end-use of the linked list, a variety of methods can be defined. For our use, we want to be able to: - get the…
  3. 3
    So far we can: - create a new LinkedList using .init() - get the head node of the list using .get_head_node() Next up, we’ll define methods for our LinkedList class that allow us to: - insert…
  4. 4
    Nice! Now we have a bunch of helpful LinkedList methods under our belt. The final use case we mentioned was the ability to remove an arbitrary node with a particular value. This is slightly more …
  5. 5
    Congratulations, you have implemented a linked list in Python! We did this by: - Defining a Node class to hold the values and links between nodes - Implementing a LinkedList class to handle extern…

How you'll master it

Stress-test your knowledge with quizzes that help commit syntax to memory

Pro Logo