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Our plans were to retire in summer 2020 and see the world, but Coronavirus has lead us into a lot of lockdown programming in Python 3 and PHP 7.
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PHP and natural sorting

If you sort (8, 9, 10, 11, 12), how do you want them to be output? "In the order you've just listed, Graham", you'll probably say. But if they're strings and you sort them, then you'll get the order 10, 11, 12, 8, 9 output if you just use a default sort, because the character "1" comes before the character "8" in the alphabet.

Using PHP, you could write your own sort routine (using usort) ... but there's a better way - a function called "natsort". Remember the PHP rule of thumb - if you think surely someone's done that before then often the solution will be there's a function to do that.

Here's an example of the output from an illustrative program:

Original
0 .. 12 Drummers Drumming
1 .. 7 Swans a'Swimming
2 .. 11 Pipers Piping
3 .. 9 Ladies Dancing
4 .. 10 Lords a'Leaping
5 .. 8 Maid a'Milking
Default Sort
0 .. 10 Lords a'Leaping
1 .. 11 Pipers Piping
2 .. 12 Drummers Drumming
3 .. 7 Swans a'Swimming
4 .. 8 Maid a'Milking
5 .. 9 Ladies Dancing
Numeric sort
0 .. 7
1 .. 8
2 .. 9
3 .. 10
4 .. 11
5 .. 12
Natural Sort
1 .. 7 Swans a'Swimming
5 .. 8 Maid a'Milking
3 .. 9 Ladies Dancing
4 .. 10 Lords a'Leaping
2 .. 11 Pipers Piping
0 .. 12 Drummers Drumming

This program can be run from here and you can view the source code here.
(written 2004-09-19, updated 2006-06-05)

 
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H999 - Additional PHP Material
  [239] What and why for the epoch - (2005-03-08)
  [320] Ordnance Survey - using a 'Get a map' - (2005-05-22)
  [322] More maps - (2005-05-23)
  [337] the array returned by preg_match_all - (2005-06-06)
  [372] Time calculation in PHP - (2005-07-08)
  [468] Stand alone PHP programs - (2005-10-18)
  [483] Double Dollars in PHP - (2005-11-02)
  [493] Running a Perl script within a PHP page - (2005-11-12)
  [563] Merging pictures using PHP and GD - (2006-01-13)
  [603] PHP - setting sort order with an associative array - (2006-02-13)
  [665] PHP Image viewing application - (2006-04-01)
  [687] Presentation, Business and Persistence layers in Perl and PHP - (2006-04-17)
  [789] Hot answers in PHP - (2006-07-02)
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  [822] PHP - a team member leaves - (2006-08-04)
  [839] Reporting on the 10 largest files or 10 top scores - (2006-08-20)
  [917] Syntax checking in PHP - (2006-11-07)
  [937] Display an image from a MySQL database in a web page via PHP - (2006-11-22)
  [1010] Dates, times, clickable diarys in PHP - (2006-12-28)
  [1020] Parallel processing in PHP - (2007-01-03)
  [1053] Sorting people by name in PHP - (2007-01-26)
  [1104] Drawing dynamic graphs in PHP - (2007-03-09)
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  [1270] PHP Standalone - keyboard to screen - (2007-07-18)
  [1389] Controlling and labelling Google maps via PHP - (2007-10-13)
  [1390] Converting from postal address to latitude / longitude - (2007-10-13)
  [1391] Ordnance Survey Grid Reference to Latitude / Longitude - (2007-10-14)
  [1451] More PHP sample and demonstration programs - (2007-12-01)
  [1485] Copyright and theft of images, bandwidth and members. - (2007-12-26)
  [1505] Script to present commonly used images - PHP - (2008-01-13)
  [1519] Flipping images on your web page - (2008-01-26)
  [1623] PHP Techniques - a workshop - (2008-04-26)
  [2073] Extra PHP Examples - (2009-03-09)
  [2215] If nothing, make it nothing. - (2009-06-02)
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  [422] PHP Magic Quotes - (2005-08-22)
  [463] Splitting the difference - (2005-10-13)
  [558] Converting between acres and hectares - (2006-01-08)
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