sort an hash

Hi!

I have a hash structure like this

%data = (
   1 => {
      name => "Johnny",
      age => "21",
        },
   2 => {
      name => "Barney",
      age => "35",
        },
   3 => {
      name => "Mary",
      age => "18",
        },
   4 => {
      name => "Chris",
      age => "21",
        },
        );
            

I want to sort it by all names and ages, but I can't do that.

Please note that there are some ages equal.


By the way, how can I delete the entire "2" SubHash?



Thanks
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jpcsAsked:
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ozoCommented:
perldoc -q sort
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helverCommented:
delete $data{2};
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adam923Commented:
you should probably implement this is as an array, they're really just hashes 'keyed' by integers (and more efficient)
@data=( { name => "Johnny", age => "21"}, etc. );
note that the indicies start at 0
to sort this data by name you could do
@data = sort {$a->{name} cmp $b->{name} } @data;
or by age
@data = sort {$a->{age} <=> $b->{age} } @data;
since hashes aren't stored in any specific order i don't think the same thing could be accomplished with one sort function on your "hash of hashes" as it can with this "array of hashes"

to remove a hash entry:
delete $data{2}
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adam923Commented:
sorry to repeate you helver, you answered while i was typing so i didn't see it
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jpcsAuthor Commented:
Great!!!


Thanks you all, specially adam923. You solved my problem.


regards
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adam923Commented:
you're welcome
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