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This issue introduces a QuickSort algorithm. It was written by Ray Cole with some small modifications by our programmers. This algorithm is often the fastest type of sorting algorithm. It can sort two dimensional arrays of nearly any data type. We chose to sacrifice some performance penalties in order to make the routine able to sort many data types (since Variant arrays are not super fast).
Public Sub QuickSort(ByRef arrSort As Variant, intSortCol As Integer)
This routine requires the second dimension to the be "column" counter. For example a two column 100 element array would be dimensioned as "Redim lArray(1 to 100, 1 to 2)".
This example shows how to use the QuickSort routine to sort a two dimensional array by each of its columns.
Dim lArray() As Long Dim x As Integer Dim y As Integer ReDim lArray(1 To 10, 1 To 2) ' Fills the array with random data For x = 1 To 2 For y = 1 To 10 lArray(y, x) = Rnd * 100 Next Next Debug.Print "Sorted on Column 1" QuickSort lArray, 1 ' Sort the array using the first column For y = 1 To 10 Debug.Print lArray(y, 1) & ", " & lArray(y, 2) Next Debug.Print "Sorted on Column 2" QuickSort lArray, 2 ' Sort the array using the second column For y = 1 To 10 Debug.Print lArray(y, 1) & ", " & lArray(y, 2) Next
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