Version: 0.1

Type: Function

Category: Algorithms

License: GNU Library Public License

Description: This function allows you to sort and array of the form: array( array(title=>'Crow, The', owner_id=>'jpell', s_item_type=>'DVD'), array(title=>'Rambo', owner_id=>'martin', s_item_type=>'DVD'), array(title=>'Good Will Hunting', owner_id=>'lucy', s_item_type=>'VHS') ); By specifying a order_by_clause of the form: 'title ASC, owner_id ASC, s_item_type DESC'. The get_usort_function() will return a generated function for use with create_function: $title=strcmp($a[title], $b[title]); if($title==0){$owner_id=strcmp($a[owner_id], $b[owner_id]); if($owner_id==0){return strcmp($b[s_item_type], $a[s_item_type]);}else{return $owner_id;}}else{return $title;} You then call usort thus: usort($item_rs, create_function('$a,$b', get_multisort_function('title ASC, owner_id ASC, s_item_type DESC'))); Ensure you use '$a,$b' as the first argument to create_function, as the generated function relies on the names and the order.

	OpenDb - Open Lending Database Project
	Copyright (C) 2001,2002 by Jason Pell

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	This function will return a complete sort function
	to be used with usort and as a second argument to 
	create_argument (Ensure the first parameter to
	create_function is '$a,$b':

		usort($item_rs, create_function('$a,$b', get_multisort_function('title ASC, owner_id ASC, s_item_type DESC')));

			array(title=>'Crow, The',owner_id=>'jpell',s_item_type=>'DVD'),
			array(title=>'Good Will Hunting',owner_id=>'lucy',s_item_type=>'VHS')
	The call to get_usort_function('title ASC, owner_id ASC, s_item_type DESC'), results in the following
	generated function:
		$title=strcmp($a[title], $b[title]); if($title==0){$owner_id=strcmp($a[owner_id], $b[owner_id]); if($owner_id==0){return strcmp($b[s_item_type], $a[s_item_type]);}else{return $owner_id;}}else{return $title;}

	The order_by_clause should look something like this:
		'item_id ASC, owner_id DESC, title ASC'
function get_usort_function($order_by_clause)
	// We get the options in reverse order, so we can properly nest them.
	$order_by_options_r = array_reverse(explode(",", $order_by_clause));

	$first_element = TRUE;
	while(list(,$order_by) = each($order_by_options_r))
			$inner_val = $retval;

		$order_by = trim($order_by);
		$indexOfSpace = strpos($order_by, " ");
		if($indexOfSpace !== FALSE)
			$column = trim(substr($order_by,0,$indexOfSpace));
			$sortorder = trim(substr($order_by,$indexOfSpace));

				$comp = 'strcmp($b['.$column.'], $a['.$column.'])';
				$comp = 'strcmp($a['.$column.'], $b['.$column.'])';

				$retval = 'return '.$comp.';';
				$first_element = FALSE;
				$retval = '$'.$column.'='.$comp.'; if($'.$column.'==0){'.$inner_val.'}else{return $'.$column.';}';

	return $retval;