Sorting different objects

hi

I have an array of topics and posts each has an updated_on field. I
want to sort the array so in the order of the updated_on field.

I.e

1 Topic updated on 5 march
2 Poll updated on 4 march
3 Topic updated on 6 march
4 poll updated on 7 march

shoud go 4,3,1,2

my code looks like this
@topicsAndPolls.sort { |a,b| a.updated_on <=> b.updated_on} but this
isnt working. Do I have to define the <=> method somewhere. Can I pass
that in the block aswell?

Thanks

Iain A.

On Fri, 14 Sep 2007, Iain A. wrote:

I have an array of topics and posts each has an updated_on field. I
want to sort the array so in the order of the updated_on field.
[…]
my code looks like this
@topicsAndPolls.sort { |a,b| a.updated_on <=> b.updated_on}
[\n inserted] but this
isnt working. Do I have to define the <=> method somewhere. Can I pass

What do you assign the result of this to? Or did you mean
@topicsAndPolls.sort! { |a,b| a.updated_on <=> b.updated_on}

? That’s s/sort/sort!/ in sed parlance, in case the addition of
one char is as hard for you to spot as for me.

that in the block aswell?

If updated_on returns a Date then <=> should work. If it doesn’t you’ll
get a NoMethodError.

    Hugh

shoud go 4,3,1,2

my code looks like this
@topicsAndPolls.sort { |a,b| a.updated_on <=> b.updated_on} but this
isnt working. Do I have to define the <=> method somewhere. Can I pass
that in the block aswell?

In addition to the other reply, you’re looking for a descendant sort…
so
you really want: { |a,b| b.updated_on <=> a.updated_on}

(not the switching of a and b)

-philip

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