Thread: Sorting strings

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    Sorting strings

    What's the best way for me to sort strings? I'm using LPSTR.

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    Depends on why you are sorting them.
    If it's because you need to have an order, but don't care which (so you can later search for them with a binary search) then lexicographical_compare or strcmp will be pretty similar in their results.
    If it's to present them in order to a user then you need to sort them according to their culture's rules. You could use lexicographical_compare along with a locale-specific comparison object, or (since this is the Windows Programming section) you could go with the CompareString API.

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    15 is worth a read if you want to get deep into the details of rolling your own locale-specific comparisons.

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