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Sorting two dimensional array

 
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Is it possible to sort a 2 dimensional array with Arrays.sort()? It works great with a one dimensional array. I have a simple 2 dimensional array of strings [5] [10]. I want to sort on the first element.
 
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I don't think you can directly use sort, but someting like this should be a good starting point:

According to my Java in a Nutshell, in most cases the Comparator.compare method should be implemented to return 0 only when o1.equals(o2) returns true. My example doesn't abide by that rule, so there may be a better way to sort this...
Cheers, Neil
 
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a simple way to implement the equals method would be

I often do this with Comparators, it is not the most efficient but it is good enough 99% of cases.
 
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Originally posted by Neil Laurance:
I don't think you can directly use sort[...]


You can - there is also an Array.sort method that gets a Comparator.
 
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hi,
i would be appreciated if someone explained me what this line means and what it does?
also how it is concerned with the array, which you want to sort?

thanx
 
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Originally posted by Ilja Preuss:
You can - there is also an Array.sort method that gets a Comparator.


In that case, you can use:

Cheers, Neil
 
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