sorty
Utility for sorting object arrays on multiple properties
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sorty

Sort object arrays on multiple properties with ease.

Install

$ npm install --save sorty

Note

sorty sorts the array in-place, as it uses Array.sort! See Array.sort on MDN

Usage

Example 1

var sorty = require('sorty')

var arr = [
    {name: 'john', age: 20},
    {name: 'mary', age: 10},
    {name: 'bill', age: 40},
    {name: 'john', age: 100}
]

sorty([
    {name: 'name', dir: 'asc'},
    {name: 'age',  dir: 'desc', type: 'number'}
], arr)


//arr.should.eql(
[
    {name: 'bill', age: 40},
    {name: 'john', age: 100},
    {name: 'john', age: 20},
    {name: 'mary', age: 10}
]
//)

Example 2

var sort = sorty([
    {name: 'name', dir: 'asc'},
    {name: 'age',  dir: 'desc', type: 'number'}
])

//now sort is a function that can be passed an array to sort it

sort(arr)

sorty returns the sorted array. Under the hoods, all it does is build a composed sort function, based on the given sort info, and call array.sort with that function.

You can specify a sort function in the sortInfo. The sort function should always sort in ascending order!. Actual sorting direction should be specified in the dir property.

Sort info

Example of valid sort info:

//an array
[
    //specify the type of values  - valid types: 'string' and 'number'
    { name: 'age', type: 'number'},
    { name: 'name', dir: 1 } //1 or asc (vs -1 or desc)
]

//an object - sort by only 1 property
{
    name: 'age'
}

//specify custom sort fn
[
    //since age may be string, but with numeric values, use a custom sort fn
    {name: 'age', fn: function(a, b){ return a * 1 - b * 1}, dir: 'desc' },
    {name: 'name', dir: 'asc'}
]

Valid sort types for now are:

  • 'string'
  • 'number'

The sort direction is specified in the dir property. Valid values are:

  • 1 (or 'asc', or any negative number)
  • -1 (or 'desc', or any positive number)

If you specify 0 (or any valsy value) for the sort direction, the sorting will not be done for the given property, but only for all other properties.

You can specify custom sort functions in the fn property. Those should always sort in ascending order! If there is a name on the sort info, sort function will recive values from those keys or it will receive the objects from the data array.

API

sorty(sortInfo, array) // => sorted array - sorty sorts the array in-place and returns it sorty(sortInfo) // => fn - returns a curried version of sorty, which can be passed in an array, and will sort it, based on the sortInfo that was specified sorty.getFunction(sortInfo) // => sorting function - sorty.getFunction returns the composed sort function, that can be used to sort an array.

More examples

You can get a curried version, and just pass in an array afterwards, to get back the sorted array

var sorty = require('sorty')
var sort  = sorty([
    {name: 'age', fn: function(a, b){ return a*1 - b * 1}, dir: 'desc' },
    {name: 'name', dir: 'asc'}
])

sort(arr)

You can get a sort function, and use it with array.sort

var sorty = require('sorty')
var sortFn  = sorty.getFunction([
    {name: 'age', fn: function(a, b){ return a*1 - b * 1}, dir: 'desc' },
    {name: 'name', dir: 'asc'}
])

arr.sort(sortFn)

Regular usage

var sorty = require('sorty')

var arr = [
    { age: '5', name: 'mary'},
    { age: '5', name: 'bob'},
    { age: '15', name: 'monica'},
    { age: '15', name: 'adam'}
]

sorty([
    {name: 'age', fn: function(a, b){ return a*1 - b * 1}, dir: 'desc' },
    {name: 'name', dir: 'asc'}
], arr)

arr.should.eql([
    { age: '15', name: 'adam'},
    { age: '15', name: 'monica'},
    { age: '5', name: 'bob'},
    { age: '5', name: 'mary'}
])
var sorty = require('sorty')

var arr = [
    { age: '5', name: 'mary'},
    { age: '5', name: 'bob'},
    { age: '15', name: 'monica'},
    { age: '15', name: 'adam'}
]

sorty(
    {name: 'name', dir: 'asc'}
, arr)

arr.should.eql([
    { age: '15', name: 'adam'},
    { age: '5', name: 'bob'},
    { age: '5', name: 'mary'},
    { age: '15', name: 'monica'}
])

Specifying 0 (or any falsy value) as sort dir will skip the sort for the given property

var sorty = require('sorty')

var arr = [
    { age: '5', name: 'mary'},
    { age: '5', name: 'bob'},
    { age: '15', name: 'monica'},
    { age: '15', name: 'adam'}
]

sorty([
    {name: 'age', dir: 0 },
    {name: 'name', dir: 1}
], arr)
//will sort only by name, asc

arr.should.eql([
    { age: '15', name: 'adam'},
    { age: '5', name: 'bob'},
    { age: '5', name: 'mary'},
    { age: '15', name: 'monica'}
])

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