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geeta rai
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Joined: Sep 18, 2003
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What is the difference between ordered and sorted?
venkatesh rajmendram
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In collections can have either ordered or sorted or both...if it is sorted its implicitly ordered ( sort is kind of order) well here is the e.g
When you enter something in a collection say
and when you access it will come in the same order as above.
in case as sorted when you access the collection you will get
I guess that helps
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srini v

Joined: Dec 15, 2003
Posts: 11
Order: as per definition, mean to put things into their proper places in RELATION to each other.
eg., Arrange the given numbers in ascending ORDER
5 2 4 6
2 4 5 6

Sort: as per definition, a GROUP set up on the basis of any characteristic in common
eg., Sort the following magazines by their catagory.
HBR, PC World, ACM Magazine, BusinessWeek, Fortune
Business Magazines:HBR, BusinessWeek, Fortune
Computer Magazines: PC World, ACM
Hope this helps.
Jim Yingst

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
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I have to disagree with srini here; that doesn't make any sense in this context. Venkatesh's explanation is much more accurate. If a collection is ordered, that means that the sequence that the elements occur in is significant. If you're using a List, there's a difference between 1, 2, 3 and 1, 3, 2. If you'r using a Set, there's no difference (or if there is, you should ignore it as unimportant). That's because a List is ordered, and a Set isn't.
Now to sort a List is to put it in a particular order, according to some rule. In the collections framework the rule is always provided by a compareTo() or compare() method, as defined in the Comparable or Comparator interfaces. All sorted collections are also ordered, because if the order wasn't signficant, there's be no point to trying to sort it. But not all ordered collections are sorted.

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srini v

Joined: Dec 15, 2003
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Dear Jim:
Thanks for your reply.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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