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Can anyone point me to some source code that shows examples of sorting items within a Vector.
Is this possible? or do the items need to be sorted first then inserted into the Vector? The Vector will
be updated periodically and must be sorted, with no duplicates added.

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In general Objects in your Vector has to implement the Comparable interface
Then you can use
java.util.Collections.sort(myVector);

Comparable interface has only one method:
public int compareTo(Object o)
That method:
"Compares this object with the specified object for order. Returns a negative integer, zero, or a positive integer as this object is less than, equal to, or greater than the specified object."

If your Vector contains BigDecimal, BigInteger, Byte, ByteBuffer, Character, CharBuffer, Charset, CollationKey, Date, Double, DoubleBuffer, File, Float, FloatBuffer, IntBuffer, Integer, Long, LongBuffer, ObjectStreamField, Short, ShortBuffer, String or URI  objects you don't have to do anything because those classes implements Comparable interface.
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adding to what ramazanyich's comment, you can check for duplicates by using Vector.contains() if necessary override it to your own implementation.
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First Use  java.util.TreeSet  and add elements which takes care of any duplicates and sorting in ascending order by default

TreeSet tree = new TreeSet();

tree.add(element); //Adds the specified element to this set if it is not already present.
//this will eleminate any duplicates

//if you need a vector of the above sorted unique elements user

Vector v = new Vector();
v.addAll(tree);

Cheers!!!
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hello man, try this code, u'll get the sorted list.

    java.util.Vector thisVector = new java.util.Vector();
    thisVector.addElement("B");
    thisVector.addElement("C");
    thisVector.addElement("A");
    thisVector.addElement("D");
    java.util.Collections.sort(thisVector);
    for(int i = 0; i < thisVector.size(); i++)
      System.out.println(thisVector.get(i));
 

Bye
Naeem Shehzad Ghuman
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Wan't my code helpful to u?
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by:hugoitt
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Naeemg,
I've been going through all the example code and trying to get other things accomplished, your sample code is called out in those examples listed above. It does not work for me, I'm sortiing numbers from 1-10000 and collections.sort does not sort the values in order.
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thanks for the responses
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