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PHP Sort Associative Array Key Length

Howdy all,
  Does anyone have a good fast method for sorting an associative array by the key's string length?  Example:

$m['aa'] = true;
$m['abb'] = true;
$m['b'] = true;
$m['dddd'] = true;
$m['bb'] = true;
$m['c'] = true;

Will get sorted as:

$m['dddd']
$m['abb']
$m['aa']
$m['bb']
$m['b']
$m['c']

See?  Sorting by the longest index/key to the shortest.  Also it's likely that the arrays will be multidimensional with associative arrays inside, so I need to maintaining key to data correlations all the way through.
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headzoo
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headzooAuthor Commented:
Just a quick clarification: Even though the associative array is multidimensional, the arrays "inside" shouldn't affect the sorting at all.  Example:

$m['aa'] = array('bb' => true, 'aa' => true);
$m['bbb'] = array('a' => true, 'b' => true);

Will get sorted as:

$m['bbb'] = array('a' => true, 'b' => true);
$m['aa'] = array('bb' => true, 'aa' => true);

Only the base key's need to be sorted.
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RoonaanCommented:
You can use uksort to define your own sorting function:

<?php

$m['aa'] =  array('bb' => true, 'aa' => true);
$m['abb'] =  array('bb' => true, 'aa' => true);
$m['b'] =  array('bb' => true, 'aa' => true);
$m['dddd'] =  array('bb' => true, 'aa' => true);
$m['bb'] =  array('bb' => true, 'aa' => true);
$m['c'] =  array('bb' => true, 'aa' => true);

uksort($m, 'mySort');

print_r($m);

function mySort($key1, $key2) {
  $s1 = strlen($key1);
  $s2 = strlen($key2);
  if($s1 == $s2) return 0;
 
  return $s1 > $s2 ? -1 : 1;
}

?>

-r-
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headzooAuthor Commented:
Brilliant!  Thank you.
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