Visual Basic Code of the Week (COTW)
Issue #38
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In this Issue

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)".

Return Value


Sample Usage

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

    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)

    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)

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