Hi there! Correct me if I'm wrong but merge() just makes one array of all
items. array_multisort() keeps each array separate, while applying the same
re-ordering to all three arrays. This allows you to use the same position
number to get the required elements from each array, especially where each
array is a list of different properties. For example:
$name = array("Joe", "Charlie", "Jack");
$age = array(30, 12, 66);
$job = array("Plumber", "Student", "Retired");
array_multisort($name, $age, $job); // will re-order all three arrays based on
a "regular" alphanumeric sort of the names:
// $name is now array("Charlie", "Jack", "Joe");
// $age is now array(12, 66, 30);
// $job is now array("Student", "Retired", "Plumber", );
// can now do:
$firstName = $name; // returns "Charlie"
$firstAge = $age; // returns Charlie's age 12
$firstJob = $job; // returns Charlie's job "Student"
A merge of these arrays will lose the different types of info each array
currently has, and make it impossible to match a name to the age or job.
Now, my other option is to group the items into a set of arrays:
$array1 = array('name' => 'Joe', age => '30' job => 'Plumber');
$array2 = array('name' => 'Charlie', age => '12' job => 'Student');
$array3 = array('name' => 'Jack', age => '66' job => 'Retired');
$largeArray = array($array1, $array2, $array3);
But, is there a way to the sort $largeArray, based on the "name" value in each
individual array? And if so, can that use the natsort()? I don't think an
asort() can do either.
Note that the original source of this info is a mySQL db call, and it is
initially sorted in the query, but again, there doesn't appear to be a way to
natural sort an SQL query either. So I get file1, file10, file2, file20,
file5.... instead of file1, file2, file5, file10, file20....
----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Lucas <li...@cmsws.com>
Date: Monday, December 13, 2010 16:00
Subject: Re: [PHP] array_multisort into Natural order?
To: George Langley <george.lang...@shaw.ca>
> On 12/13/2010 11:59 AM, George Langley wrote:
> > Hi all. Can use natsort($array1) to sort a single array of
> filenames into a "natural "alphanumeric order - 1.php, 2.php,
> 5.php, 10.php, 20.php, etc.
> > But using array_multisort($array1, $array2, $array3) doesn't
> offer a natsort option, so I end up with 1.php, 10.php, 2.php,
> 20.php, 5.php, etc.
> > Anyone have a solution to this limitation already? Nothing
> found in the archives or Googling.
> > Thanks.
> assuming that you are not using other options of
> array_multisort(), why not do
> something like this.
> $ar = array_merge($array1, $array2, $array3);
> > George Langley Multimedia
> Developer Audio/Video Editor
> Musician, Arranger, Composer www.georgelangley.ca
George Langley Multimedia Developer Audio/Video Editor Musician,
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