This open source project is sorting arrays in a natural way. Assume you have an string array like this here
["init30", "init20", "init200"]
If you are sorting this in ruby with ".sort" you will get this result
["init20", "init200", "init30"]
Because the default sort method does not recognize the numbers in the string. The NaturalSorter will return this result.
["init20", "init30", "init200"]
You should add this line to your Gemfile
gem 'naturalsorter', '3.0.22'
and run this command in your app root directory
This project has a lot of test cases and a test coverage above 90%. To run the tests you need to have installed Ruby 2.X. To install the test dependencies run this in the root directory:
To execute the tests run this in the root directory:
This fork contains some special algorithms to sort version numbers in a natural order. This project is used at https://www.versioneye.com to show versions of selected open source projects.
These 2 methods are sorting a simple array of Strings. The name of the methods and the parameters are self explained.
Naturalsorter::Sorter.sort(array, caseinsensitive = false, asc = true)
And this here is for more advanced sorting. Where you can put in a array of objects and the method which should called on every object for comparison.
Naturalsorter::Sorter.sort_by_method(array, method, caseinsensitive = false, asc = true)
These methods are based on a different algorithm. Especially optimized for sorting version strings.
Naturalsorter::Sorter.sort_version(array, asc = true)
This here is again for an array with objects. Especially optimized for sorting version strings.
Naturalsorter::Sorter.sort_version_by_method(array, method, asc = true )
Get the newest version from the both given.
Is a bigger than b?
Is a bigger than b or equal?
Is a smaller than b?
Is a smaller than b or equal?
This is for the Ruby GEM notation '
>'. For example '>1.1' fits '1.2' and '1.9' and '1.14'. But not 2.0.
The parameter version would be for example ' >1.1' and the parameter newest_version would be the
current newest version of the GEM, for example "2.0". The method will return false in this case
because '>1.1' doesn't fit anymore the newest version.
How To Use - Examples
After the installation you can use it like this:
Naturalsorter::Sorter.sort(["a400", "a5", "a1"], true)
it will return the array ["a1", "a5", "a400"]. The second parameter is for "caseinsensitive".
If you have more advanced objects you want to sort, you should use the second method. Assume you have a Class User with 3 attributes: "firstname", "lastname", "age" and you want to sort an array of class Users by "firstname".
Naturalsorter::Sorter.sort_by_method(users, "firstname", true)
Isn't that awesome?
The next methods are based on my own implementation, optimized for sorting version strings like "1.1, 1.4, 1.10"
Naturalsorter::Sorter.sort_version(["1.10", "1.1", "1.2"])
will return the array ["1.1", "1.2", "1.10"]
The first 4 methods in this library are internal based on the natcmp implementation from Alan Davies. All glory to him for his awesome work.