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C# Sort DateTime ListSort a List of DateTimes in a chronological order. Use a custom Comparison.
Sort List, DateTimes. In a C# program, a List of DateTimes can be sorted. We can base this on the year or the month—any valid ordering of the times is possible.
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It is sometimes necessary to sort DateTimes from most recent to least recent, and the opposite. Sorting based on the month is also useful.
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Example code. This program creates a List of 4 DateTime values. Next it calls the 4 Sort custom methods. After the sorting is done we print out the lists with Console.WriteLine.
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Internally The sorting methods call the List.Sort method. They provide a Comparison delegate as a lambda expression.
Tip The Comparison implementation returns the result of the CompareTo method on the 2 arguments.
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Result When we sort a collection of DateTimes, we get them in chronological order. This is due to the comparison functions on DateTime.
using System; using System.Collections.Generic; class Program { static void Main() { var list = new List<DateTime>(); list.Add(new DateTime(1980, 5, 5)); list.Add(new DateTime(1982, 10, 20)); list.Add(new DateTime(1984, 1, 4)); list.Add(new DateTime(1979, 6, 19)); Display(SortAscending(list), "SortAscending"); Display(SortDescending(list), "SortDescending"); Display(SortMonthAscending(list), "SortMonthAscending"); Display(SortMonthDescending(list), "SortMonthDescending"); } static List<DateTime> SortAscending(List<DateTime> list) { list.Sort((a, b) => a.CompareTo(b)); return list; } static List<DateTime> SortDescending(List<DateTime> list) { list.Sort((a, b) => b.CompareTo(a)); return list; } static List<DateTime> SortMonthAscending(List<DateTime> list) { list.Sort((a, b) => a.Month.CompareTo(b.Month)); return list; } static List<DateTime> SortMonthDescending(List<DateTime> list) { list.Sort((a, b) => b.Month.CompareTo(a.Month)); return list; } static void Display(List<DateTime> list, string message) { Console.WriteLine(message); foreach (var datetime in list) { Console.WriteLine(datetime); } Console.WriteLine(); } }
SortAscending 6/19/1979 12:00:00 AM 5/5/1980 12:00:00 AM 10/20/1982 12:00:00 AM 1/4/1984 12:00:00 AM SortDescending 1/4/1984 12:00:00 AM 10/20/1982 12:00:00 AM 5/5/1980 12:00:00 AM 6/19/1979 12:00:00 AM SortMonthAscending 1/4/1984 12:00:00 AM 5/5/1980 12:00:00 AM 6/19/1979 12:00:00 AM 10/20/1982 12:00:00 AM SortMonthDescending 10/20/1982 12:00:00 AM 6/19/1979 12:00:00 AM 5/5/1980 12:00:00 AM 1/4/1984 12:00:00 AM
The Ascending methods order the data from low to high, and the Descending methods do the opposite. Also, the SortMonth methods sort based on the month value of the DateTimes.
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We looked at a way you can sort a List of DateTime instances in your C# program. It is also possible to sort with a query expression. This syntax might be clearer for some programmers.
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