# [Newbies] How to sort a SortedCollection like you can sort a table in Excel?

Jerome Peace peace_the_dreamer at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 13 00:03:15 UTC 2010

```Hi Bert, Hi DeBruicker
a slight tweak to Bert's method

a height = b height
ifFalse: [ a height < b height ]
ifTrue: [ a width = b width
ifFalse: [ a width < b width ]
ifTrue: [ a depth <= b depth ] ] .

Basically if primary sorts values are unequal sort by primary values else sort by secondry values etc. This basicly recusive procedure will work for any number of sort levels.

Yours in curiosity and service, --Jerome Peace

--- On Mon, 4/12/10, Bert Freudenberg <bert at freudenbergs.de> wrote:

> From: Bert Freudenberg <bert at freudenbergs.de>
> Subject: Re: [Newbies] How to sort a SortedCollection like you can sort a table in Excel?
> To: "A friendly place to get answers to even the most basic questions about Squeak." <beginners at lists.squeakfoundation.org>
> Date: Monday, April 12, 2010, 10:36 AM
> On 12.04.2010, at 16:13, Paul
> DeBruicker wrote:
> >
> > Hi -
> >
> >
> > If I had a SortedCollection of rectangular solid
> objects (that just have
> > the ivars height, width, depth), how could I sort it
> by height, then
> > width, then depth?
> >
> > So three object:
> >
> > A) h: 10, w: 5, d: 3
> > B) h: 60, w: 2, d: 14
> > C) h: 10, w: 3, d: 27
> >
> > And then after sorting they'd be in this order:
> >
> > B) h: 60, w: 2, d: 14
> > A) h: 10, w: 5, d: 3
> > C) h: 10, w: 3, d: 27
> >
> > First sorted by height, then by width, then by
> depth.
> >
> > Is there a way to do that using just a
> #sortBlock:
> >
>
> Sure. Basically your sort block would look like
>
>     a height > b height or: [
>         a height = b height
> and: [
>             a
> width > b width or: [
>
>     a width = b width and: [
>
>         a depth > b
> depth]]]]
>
>
> - Bert -
>
>
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