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Java Dynamic Stack Implementation

In this example, the stack will never comes to stack overflow case, beacuse its capacity will keep increases as it reaches to max capacity, so it is very dynamic in capacity.

package com.java2novice.ds.stack;

public class MyDynamicStack {

        private int stackSize;
        private int[] stackArr;
        private int top;

         * constructor to create stack with size
         * @param size
        public MyDynamicStack(int size) {
                this.stackSize = size;
                this.stackArr = new int[stackSize];
       = -1;

         * This method adds new entry to the top 
         * of the stack
         * @param entry
         * @throws Exception 
        public void push(int entry){
                        System.out.println(("Stack is full. Increasing the capacity."));
                System.out.println("Adding: "+entry);
                this.stackArr[++top] = entry;

         * This method removes an entry from the 
         * top of the stack.
         * @return
         * @throws Exception 
        public int pop() throws Exception {
                        throw new Exception("Stack is empty. Can not remove element.");
                int entry = this.stackArr[top--];
                System.out.println("Removed entry: "+entry);
                return entry;
         * This method returns top of the stack
         * without removing it.
         * @return
        public long peek() {
                return stackArr[top];

        private void increaseStackCapacity(){
                int[] newStack = new int[this.stackSize*2];
                for(int i=0;i<stackSize;i++){
                        newStack[i] = this.stackArr[i];
                this.stackArr = newStack;
                this.stackSize = this.stackSize*2;
         * This method returns true if the stack is 
         * empty
         * @return
        public boolean isStackEmpty() {
                return (top == -1);

         * This method returns true if the stack is full
         * @return
        public boolean isStackFull() {
                return (top == stackSize - 1);

        public static void main(String[] args) {
                MyDynamicStack stack = new MyDynamicStack(2);
                for(int i=1;i<10;i++){
                for(int i=1;i<4;i++){
                        try {
                        } catch (Exception e) {
                                // TODO Auto-generated catch block

Adding: 1
Adding: 2
Stack is full. Increasing the capacity.
Adding: 3
Adding: 4
Stack is full. Increasing the capacity.
Adding: 5
Adding: 6
Adding: 7
Adding: 8
Stack is full. Increasing the capacity.
Adding: 9
Removed entry: 9
Removed entry: 8
Removed entry: 7
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