Serious SORTING Problems!

 BBS: Inland Empire Archive
Date: 02-15-94 (21:01)             Number: 65
From: PETER MIKALAJUNAS            Refer#: NONE
  To: MARK SPIVEY                   Recvd: NO  
Subj: Serious SORTING Problems!      Conf: (2) Quik_Bas
MS> Ok,  get this, A sort program I found in a QB manual will
MS> now work either,  It sorts anything, and you specify the
MS> location and length of the key it sorts by,  but it does the
MS> following

MS> 01/01/80
MS> 01/01/92
MS> 02/02/81
MS> 02/03/90

MS> Keep in mind that I am using the same string type as above
MS> as the key for the sort.  HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sure, be glad to help.  How does this sound?

OldDate$ = "02/03/90"
PRINT "The Original Date was " + OldDate$
PRINT "Which is very hard to sort as string."
' Mid$ makes the whole thing a snap.
Mth$ = MID$(OldDate$, 1, 2)
Dy$ = MID$(OldDate$, 4, 2)
Yr$ = MID$(OldDate$, 7, 2)
' now it will be simple for you convert all your stored
dates and ' sort them correctly
Slash$ = "/"
NewDate$ = Yr$ + Slash$ + Mth$ + Slash$ + Dy$
PRINT "So we changed to something more useful like " + NewDate$
PRINT "Which is very easy to sort as a string :-)"

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