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I have an arraylist

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I need to sort array by the number before the comma

I need it with lowest to highest
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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I would suggest to split up the values into a small helper class, and compare using the proper parts with the propert data types. which means to sort by "part(6)" from the source data

trying to sort like this after the string concatenation is not really efficient...

hence, can you not sort the "input" instead?
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by:Jason
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If i separate them how do you keep the association between them
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Mike Tomlinson earned 500 total points
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Why are you using an ArrayList?...they are deprecated and hard to work with.

It can be done, however:
        Dim list As New ArrayList
        list.Add("10.90,1")
        list.Add("7.50,2")
        list.Add("20.40,3")
        list.Add("4.40,4")
        list.Add("11.70,5")
        list.Add("10.80,6")
        list.Add("48.00,7")
        list.Add("2.50,8")
        list.Add("12.80,9")

        list = New ArrayList(list.ToArray.Select(Function(x) x.ToString).ToList.OrderBy(Function(x) CDbl(x.Split(",")(0))).ToArray)
        For Each x In list
            Debug.Print(x)
        Next

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If you can't use the fancy LINQ stuff, then you'll have to go with Guy's suggestion.

Preferably, though, you should be using a List and have those values in some kind of structure (like a Class); then you could sort it quite easily.
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by:Jason
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Great works awesome
Only using arraylist because it is extracted from another arraylist
will need to look at LINQ.

Thx heaps
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