I am looking for a way to sort an arraylist. I am not sure exactly how to set this up, as I am pretty new to Java. I want to add one line of data elements to an arraylist something like this: Arraylist a1 = new ArrayList; ArrayList a2 = new ArrayList; a1.fname = "joe"; a1.lname = "schmoe"; a1.address = "9999 broadway"; a1.phone = "999-999-9999"; a2.add(a1); Should a1 really be an ArrayList? or something else? I then want to be able to pass in a param like (lname, asc) to sort last name ascending. How do I set a1 up so that it has columns. I saw something similar to this done in the DictionaryEntry class, I just want to expand it to include more columns. Any help out there?
And as for sorting, check out the Collections trail of the Java Tutorial. There's a learning curve to it, but once you've figured out how to sort one thing, you've pretty much mastered sorting everything.
Steve, I think can you can create a People class to hold these personal info. A sample People class would look like
you then use a ArrayList to hold those People objects and Collections.sort(List,Comparator) to sort the list & display the result by some code like
For the list to be sorted the way you prefered, you need to define a comparision mecnhanism & pass it to the Collections.sort() as 2nd parameter. assume you want to sorting by last name, you declare a LastNameComp class that implements the Comparator interface to sort lastName, eg.
please follow Joe's suggestion about related API documentation, I hope the above code segments can help you but not interfering with your learning. [ October 24, 2003: Message edited by: chi Lin ]
not so smart guy still curious to learn new stuff every now and then