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Sorting CComboBox containing numbers

Posted on 2002-07-22
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Hi,
I have a CCombobox containing numbers, I want its items to be sorted.
How do I do that ?

thanks,
iris.
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by:jkr
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Add the 'CBS_SORT' sytel to the combo box. You can do that either in the resource editor or by setting that style bit when calling 'Create()'
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by:irisz
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My combobox contains numbers !!!
I need it to be sorted not alpha-betic, but numerically !!!
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by:jkr
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>>My combobox contains numbers !!!

I got that.

>>I need it to be sorted not alpha-betic, but numerically !!!

Where's the difference? Have you tried it?
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by:Zoppo
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jkr, difference is i.e.

Alphabetical:
23
234
24

Numerical:
23
24
234

irisz, best would be to first fill i.e. an array with the
numbers, sort the array (i.e. with qsort) and then fill
the combobox from the array.

ZOPPO
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Hi irisz,

I understand what u r talking about. Yes, there is no straight forward way I believe. The real simple way would be Remove the "Sorting" option to that combobox and insert the items in a sorted manner. As u have numbers, take them in a array and sort that array first and then insert the items.

Try it out.
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Hi,

Just see the following two functions. U can derive ur own class from CComboBox and add the following functions and call the AddNumber function. Just test the code once for correct working.

int CSortCombo::AddNumber(int nItem, BOOL bSelect)
{
     CString cStrTemp;
     int nDummy = 0;
     int nIndex = 0;
     int nItemCnt = GetCount();
     int *pItems = new int[nItemCnt + 2];
     
     ZeroMemory(pItems, (nItemCnt + 2) * sizeof(int));

     // Get the items
     if(nItemCnt != 0)
     {
          for(nIndex = 0; nIndex < nItemCnt; nIndex++)
          {
               GetLBText(nIndex, cStrTemp);
               sscanf(cStrTemp, "%d", &nDummy);
               pItems[nIndex] = nDummy;
          }
     }

     // Add the new eliment also
     pItems[nIndex] = nItem;
     nItemCnt++;

     // Sort them
     if(nItemCnt > 1)
          SortNumbers(pItems, nItemCnt);

     // Clear the previous items
     ResetContent();

     // Insert the sorted items now
     for(nIndex = 0; nIndex < nItemCnt; nIndex++)
     {
          cStrTemp.Format("%d", pItems[nIndex]);
          AddString(cStrTemp);
     }

     // Clean the memory
     if(pItems)
     {
          delete []pItems;
          pItems = NULL;
     }

     // Get the index of insert item
     cStrTemp.Format("%d", nItem);
     nIndex = FindStringExact(0, cStrTemp);

     // Select the inserted string
     if(bSelect)
     {
          SetCurSel(nIndex);
     }

     return nIndex;
}

void CSortCombo::SortNumbers(int *pElements, int nCount)
{
     for(int nMain = 0; nMain < nCount; nMain++)
     {
          for(int nSub = nMain + 1; nSub < nCount; nSub++)
          {
               if(pElements[nMain] > pElements[nSub])
               {
                    int nTemp = pElements[nMain];
                    pElements[nMain] = pElements[nSub];
                    pElements[nSub] = nTemp;
               }
          }
     }
}

Hope it helps.
VinExpert
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by:Mortiis1
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I think it's a little slow to sort each time you want to insert a number.
If you want to insert 500 number it could be better to make 500 addstring
and after sort the listbox.

Or if you have the number sort them and after insert them.
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by:Mortiis1
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Sorry i said listbox but i want to sai combobox
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