I have an ArrayList<> which holds objects. These objects contain among other things java.sql.Date() fields. I want to sort the ArrayList by this field. Does anyone know the best way to go about doing this?
Thank you in advance,
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Mmm the easiest way is use Collections utility and one of two:
implements Comparable it that sorting is the natural sorting of you object and use Collections.sort(List<T>)
write a custom Comparator and use Collections.sort(List<T>,Comparator<T>)
A comparator could be something like that (Date is already comparable ^__^)
You can call swap if you just need to... swap ( ) two known elements. If you need to sort the entire list just use sort (with or without comparator as I wrote before). You could write your own sorting algorithm but I wouldn't do it if not in real special cases, it handle sorting quite well.
I finally figured it out. Thank you for all of your help. Rather than making a new class as per your example, I was able to just use an interface and override 1 method. The was done right where i needed it upon retrieving the arraylist from the db. Thanks again
I could. But that would require making another method in my DBHelper object. i already have the list (sorted the way I want it from the DB), and this is just 1 special case. I figured it would be faster, not to mention easier, to just use a sort function with an already existing arraylist. At any rate, this issue is now solved. on to the next beast -- adding a column with calculated values in my JTable.