Sort::Key::Maker(3) multi-key sorter creator


# create a function that sorts strings by length:
use Sort::Key::Maker sort_by_length => sub { length $_}, qw(integer);
# create a multi-key sort function;
# first key is integer sorted in descending order,
# second key is a string in default (ascending) order:
use Sort::Key::Maker ri_s_keysort => qw(-integer string);
# some sample data...
my @foo = qw(foo bar t too tood mama);
# and now, use the sorter functions previously made:
# get the values on @foo sorted by length:
my @sorted = sort_by_length @foo;
# sort @foo inplace by its length and then by its value:
ri_s_keysort_inplace { length $_, $_ } @foo;


Sort::Key::Maker is a pragmatic module that provides an easy to use interface to Sort::Key multi-key sorting functionality.

It creates multi-key sorting functions on the fly for any key type combination and exports them to the caller package.

The key types natively accepted are:

  string, str, locale, loc, integer, int,
  unsigned_integer, uint, number, num

and support for other types can be added via Sort::Key::Register (or also via Sort::Key::register_type()).


use Sort::Key::Maker foo_sort => @keys;
exports two subroutines to the caller package: "foo_sort (&@)" and "foo_sort_inplace (&\@)".

Those two subroutines require a sub reference as their first argument and then respectively, the list to be sorted or an array.

For instance:

  use Sort::Key::Maker bar_sort => qw(int int str);
  @bar=qw(doo tomo 45s tio);
  @sorted = bar_sort { unpack "CCs", $_ } @bar;
  # or sorting @bar inplace
  bar_sort_inplace { unpack "CCs", $_ } @bar;
use Sort::Key::Maker foo_sort => \&genmultikey, @keys;
when the first argument after the sorter name is a reference to a subroutine it is used as the multi-key extraction function. The generated sorter functions doesn't require neither accept one, i.e.:

  use Sort::Key::Maker sort_by_length => sub { length $_ }, 'int';
  my @sorted = sort_by_length qw(foo goo h mama picasso);


Salvador Fandiño, <[email protected]>


Copyright (C) 2005, 2014 by Salvador Fandiño

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.8.4 or, at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available.