Sorting an Array of Custom Objects in C#
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Published: 23 Jul 2008
In this article Sandesh discusses the different ways of sorting an array of custom objects in C# using the IComparable and IComparer interfaces. Examples are provided on the simple case of sorting an array of built in data types and extends the example to custom objects. He demonstrates the concepts with the help of code samples along with relevant analysis for each one of them.
by Sandesh Meda
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Consider a simple case of sorting an array of strings in C#. We can simply call the Sort() method to sort the array.

Listing 1

ArrayList carArray = new ArrayList();

If you observe the contents of the array after the Sort(), you will notice that the elements are sorted alphabetically ie., "BMW," "Corvette," "Honda."

However, consider a Car Class as shown in Listing 2.

Listing 2

class Car 
  public string Make { set; get; }
  public int Year { set; get; }
  public string Location { set; get; }

If you create an ArrayList of car objects and try to Sort() it, it would throw an exception. You will need to have the Car class implement the IComparable interface and define the CompareTo method to be able to sort custom objects.

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Date: 2009-06-05 8:58:00 AM
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Date: 2009-01-14 2:13:57 PM
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Date: 2008-11-28 11:50:20 PM
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Date: 2008-10-20 3:56:09 AM
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Date: 2008-08-12 6:05:44 AM
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Name: Nancy
Date: 2008-08-11 10:23:58 AM
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