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Array.Sort Method (Array, IComparer)

Sorts the elements in a one-dimensional Array using the specified IComparer.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static void Sort(
	Array array,
	IComparer comparer
)

Parameters

array
Type: System.Array

The one-dimensional Array to sort.

comparer
Type: System.Collections.IComparer

The IComparer implementation to use when comparing elements.

-or-

null to use the IComparable implementation of each element.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

array is null.

RankException

array is multidimensional.

InvalidOperationException

comparer is null, and one or more elements in array do not implement the IComparable interface.

ArgumentException

The implementation of comparer caused an error during the sort. For example, comparer might not return 0 when comparing an item with itself.

If comparer is null, each element of array must implement the IComparable interface to be capable of comparisons with every other element in array.

If the sort is not successfully completed, the results are undefined.

This method uses the QuickSort algorithm. This implementation performs an unstable sort; that is, if two elements are equal, their order might not be preserved. In contrast, a stable sort preserves the order of elements that are equal.

On average, this method is an O(n log n) operation, where n is the Length of array; in the worst case it is an O(n ^ 2) operation.

The following code example shows how to sort the values in an Array using the default comparer and a custom comparer that reverses the sort order. Note that the result might vary depending on the current CultureInfo.

using System;
using System.Collections;

public class SamplesArray  {

   public class myReverserClass : IComparer  {

      // Calls CaseInsensitiveComparer.Compare with the parameters reversed. 
      int IComparer.Compare( Object x, Object y )  {
          return( (new CaseInsensitiveComparer()).Compare( y, x ) );
      }

   }

   public static void Main()  {

      // Creates and initializes a new Array and a new custom comparer.
      String[] myArr = { "The", "QUICK", "BROWN", "FOX", "jumps", "over", "the", "lazy", "dog" };
      IComparer myComparer = new myReverserClass();

      // Displays the values of the Array.
      Console.WriteLine( "The Array initially contains the following values:" );
      PrintIndexAndValues( myArr );

      // Sorts a section of the Array using the default comparer.
      Array.Sort( myArr, 1, 3 );
      Console.WriteLine( "After sorting a section of the Array using the default comparer:" );
      PrintIndexAndValues( myArr );

      // Sorts a section of the Array using the reverse case-insensitive comparer.
      Array.Sort( myArr, 1, 3, myComparer );
      Console.WriteLine( "After sorting a section of the Array using the reverse case-insensitive comparer:" );
      PrintIndexAndValues( myArr );

      // Sorts the entire Array using the default comparer.
      Array.Sort( myArr );
      Console.WriteLine( "After sorting the entire Array using the default comparer:" );
      PrintIndexAndValues( myArr );

      // Sorts the entire Array using the reverse case-insensitive comparer.
      Array.Sort( myArr, myComparer );
      Console.WriteLine( "After sorting the entire Array using the reverse case-insensitive comparer:" );
      PrintIndexAndValues( myArr );

   }

   public static void PrintIndexAndValues( String[] myArr )  {
      for ( int i = 0; i < myArr.Length; i++ )  {
         Console.WriteLine( "   [{0}] : {1}", i, myArr[i] );
      }
      Console.WriteLine();
   }
}


/* 
This code produces the following output.

The Array initially contains the following values:
   [0] : The
   [1] : QUICK
   [2] : BROWN
   [3] : FOX
   [4] : jumps
   [5] : over
   [6] : the
   [7] : lazy
   [8] : dog

After sorting a section of the Array using the default comparer:
   [0] : The
   [1] : BROWN
   [2] : FOX
   [3] : QUICK
   [4] : jumps
   [5] : over
   [6] : the
   [7] : lazy
   [8] : dog

After sorting a section of the Array using the reverse case-insensitive comparer:
   [0] : The
   [1] : QUICK
   [2] : FOX
   [3] : BROWN
   [4] : jumps
   [5] : over
   [6] : the
   [7] : lazy
   [8] : dog

After sorting the entire Array using the default comparer:
   [0] : BROWN
   [1] : dog
   [2] : FOX
   [3] : jumps
   [4] : lazy
   [5] : over
   [6] : QUICK
   [7] : the
   [8] : The

After sorting the entire Array using the reverse case-insensitive comparer:
   [0] : the
   [1] : The
   [2] : QUICK
   [3] : over
   [4] : lazy
   [5] : jumps
   [6] : FOX
   [7] : dog
   [8] : BROWN

*/

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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