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Stable

A stable array sort, because Array#sort() is not guaranteed stable.

MIT licensed.

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From npm

Install with:

npm install stable

Then use it in Node.js or some other CommonJS environment as:

const stable = require('stable')

From the browser

Include stable.js or the minified version stable.min.js in your page, then call stable().

Usage

The default sort is, as with Array#sort, lexicographical:

stable(['foo', 'bar', 'baz'])  // => ['bar', 'baz', 'foo']
stable([10, 1, 5])             // => [1, 10, 5]

Unlike Array#sort, the default sort is NOT in-place. To do an in-place sort, use stable.inplace, which otherwise works the same:

const arr = [10, 1, 5]
stable(arr) === arr          // => false
stable.inplace(arr) === arr  // => true

A comparator function can be specified:

// Regular sort() compatible comparator, that returns a number.
// This demonstrates the default behavior.
const lexCmp = (a, b) => String(a).localeCompare(b)
stable(['foo', 'bar', 'baz'], lexCmp)  // => ['bar', 'baz', 'foo']

// Boolean comparator. Sorts `b` before `a` if true.
// This demonstrates a simple way to sort numerically.
const greaterThan = (a, b) => a > b
stable([10, 1, 5], greaterThan)  // => [1, 5, 10]

License

Copyright (C) 2018 Angry Bytes and contributors.

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

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