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Re: [MacPerl] sorting arrays

At 16:26 1999-06-17 -0400, Richard Gordon wrote:
>I understand that it has potential benefit under some circumstances, but it >struck me as unduly awkward to bother with in the context of the original >question, e.g., how do I sort & print these names? If that's all you want to >do, what's wrong with:
> @fields = <INFILE>;
> s/\|\|/, /g;
> print sort @fields;

It doesn't work, that's what's wrong with it.

Unless my understanding of Perl is completely wrong (and let's not
exclude the possibility :-) the second line is operating on the
value of $_. I don't believe that's even set in this example; it
certainly isn't going to loop over an entire array all by itself.

Even if the attempted substitution worked, swapping "||" for ","
doesn't affect the sorting. I think it is clear that the names
should be sorted alphabetically by first one name and then the
other, *not* by alphabetical order of concatenating them.

For instance, to borrow Bart's example,


still comes out wrong even if you use commas:

	Jansens, Fientje
	Jansen, Erik

because comma, like pipe, sorts after "s".


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