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Isomorphic, load-anywhere function to sort an array by scalar, deep or computed values in any standard or custom order

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sort-array

Isomorphic, load-anywhere function to sort an array by scalar, deep or computed values in any standard or custom order.

const sortArray = require('sort-array')

Synopsis

Some trivial examples to demonstrate typical usage.

Sorting an array of primitives

Ascending order

Sort an array of strings in ascending order (the default).

> const partsOfTheDay = ['twilight', 'afternoon', 'morning', 'evening']

> sortArray(partsOfTheDay)
[ 'afternoon', 'evening', 'morning', 'twilight' ]

Descending order

Sort an array of strings in descending order.

> sortArray(partsOfTheDay, { order: 'desc' })
[ 'twilight', 'morning', 'evening', 'afternoon' ]

Custom sort order

The default value for options.order is 'asc'. You can also specify 'desc' or the name of a property from the customOrders object. For example, sort parts of the day by the order in which they occur.

> sortArray(partsOfTheDay, {
  order: 'time',
  customOrders: {
    time: ['morning', 'afternoon', 'evening', 'twilight']
  }
})
[ 'morning', 'afternoon', 'evening', 'twilight' ]

Sorting an array of objects

Sort by object property

Pass one or more property names to options.by to sort an array of objects by those properties.

> const repositories = [
  { name: '75lb/sort-array', openIssues: 0, closedIssues: 4 },
  { name: 'lwsjs/local-web-server', openIssues: 4, closedIssues: 80 },
  { name: 'jsdoc2md/jsdoc-api', openIssues: 3, closedIssues: 47 }
]

> sortArray(repositories, {
  by: 'openIssues',
  order: 'desc'
})
[
  { name: 'lwsjs/local-web-server', openIssues: 4, closedIssues: 80 },
  { name: 'jsdoc2md/jsdoc-api', openIssues: 3, closedIssues: 47 },
  { name: '75lb/sort-array', openIssues: 0, closedIssues: 4 }
]

Sort by computed field

Sort by a computed field, i.e. a computed value that doesn't exist in the input dataset. Define your computed fields in the options.computed object, each value being a function which takes an array member as input and returns the primitive value to be sorted by. In this example we sort by total (the name of the computed field supplied in options.computed).

> const repositories = [
  { name: '75lb/sort-array', openIssues: 0, closedIssues: 4 },
  { name: 'lwsjs/local-web-server', openIssues: 4, closedIssues: 80 },
  { name: 'jsdoc2md/jsdoc-api', openIssues: 3, closedIssues: 47 }
]

> sortArray(repositories, {
  by: 'total',
  order: 'desc',
  computed: {
    total: repository => repository.openIssues + repository.closedIssues
  }
})
[
  { name: 'lwsjs/local-web-server', openIssues: 4, closedIssues: 80 },
  { name: 'jsdoc2md/jsdoc-api', openIssues: 3, closedIssues: 47 },
  { name: '75lb/sort-array', openIssues: 0, closedIssues: 4 }
]

Sort by deep object values

You can use computed fields to sort by values deep in an object structure.

> const data = [
  { inner: { number: 2 } },
  { inner: { number: 3 } },
  { inner: { number: 1 } }
]

> sortArray(data, {
  by: 'number',
  computed: {
    number: row => row.inner.number
  }
})
[
  { inner: { number: 1 } },
  { inner: { number: 2 } },
  { inner: { number: 3 } }
]

Sort by multiple fields

Sort by multiple columns using multiple custom orders.

> const attributes = [
  { skill: 'accuracy', confidence: 'medium' },
  { skill: 'power', confidence: 'high' },
  { skill: 'speed', confidence: 'low' },
  { skill: 'power', confidence: 'low' },
  { skill: 'speed', confidence: 'high' },
  { skill: 'accuracy', confidence: 'low' },
  { skill: 'speed', confidence: 'medium' },
  { skill: 'accuracy', confidence: 'high' },
  { skill: 'power', confidence: 'medium' }
]

> sortArray(attributes, {
  by: ['skill', 'confidence'],
  order: ['skill', 'confidence'],
  customOrders: {
    skill: ['accuracy', 'speed', 'power'],
    confidence: ['low', 'medium', 'high'],
  }
})
[
  { skill: 'accuracy', confidence: 'low' },
  { skill: 'accuracy', confidence: 'medium' },
  { skill: 'accuracy', confidence: 'high' },
  { skill: 'speed', confidence: 'low' },
  { skill: 'speed', confidence: 'medium' },
  { skill: 'speed', confidence: 'high' },
  { skill: 'power', confidence: 'low' },
  { skill: 'power', confidence: 'medium' },
  { skill: 'power', confidence: 'high' }
]

Please visit the sort-array wiki for more examples.

API Reference

sort-array

Isomorphic, load-anywhere function to sort an array by scalar, deep or computed values in any standard or custom order.

Example

const sortArray = require('sort-array')

sortArray(array, [options]) ⇒ Array

Kind: Exported function
Returns: Array - Returns the array that was passed in.

ParamTypeDescription
arrayArrayThe input array to sort. It is sorted in place.
[options]objectSort options.
[options.by]Array.<string>One or more property names or computed fields to sort by. Specifying property names is only relevant when sorting an array of objects.
[options.order]Array.<string>One or more sort orders. Specify 'asc', 'desc' or a property name from the options.customOrders object.
[options.customOrders]objectA dictionary object containing one or more custom orders. Each custom order value must be an array defining the order expected values must be sorted in.
[options.computed]objectA dictionary object containing one or more computed field functions. The function will be invoked once per item in the array. Each invocation will receive the array item as input and must return a primitive value by which the array can be sorted.
[options.nullRank]numberConfigures whether null values will be sorted before or after defined values. Set to -1 for before, 1 for after. Defaults to 1.
[options.undefinedRank]numberConfigures whether undefined values will be sorted before or after defined values. Set to -1 for before, 1 for after. Defaults to 1.

Load anywhere

This library is compatible with Node.js, the Web and any style of module loader. It can be loaded anywhere, natively without transpilation.

Node.js:

const sortArray = require('sort-array')

Within Node.js with ECMAScript Module support enabled:

import sortArray from 'sort-array'

Within an modern browser ECMAScript Module:

import sortArray from './node_modules/sort-array/dist/index.mjs'

Old browser (adds window.sortArray):

<script nomodule src="./node_modules/sort-array/dist/index.js"></script>

© 2015-21 Lloyd Brookes \75pound@gmail.com\.

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