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Old March 18th, 2009, 09:42 AM
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Default Re: Alphabetize a list

Sure, sorting data alphabetically is absolutely possible. JavaScript is great for this kind of stuff.

Exactly how is the data presented to FusionPro? Is it all in one field with some kind of intra-field delimiter? Or an external data file? Are the phone numbers already associated with the names in the data?

At any rate, if you can get the data into an array, you can just use the native Array.sort method in JavaScript:

Sorts are done by simple string comparison by default, so if you're simply sorting by first name, there's not much to do. (Although I'm not sure I would sort by first name in a real-world application, but that's just me.)
var myArray = [ "John Smith 858-123-4567", "Adam Rodriguez 986-456-7894", "Robert Hoo 201-457-7847" ];
return myArray.sort().join("<br>\n");
Again, though, how you populate the array initially depends on how the data is being imported. If it's in an external data file, you could use ExternalDataFileEx to read it in. If it's in something like a comma-delimited list, you can use String.split to turn it into an array, for instance:
var myData = "John Smith 858-123-4567,Adam Rodriguez 986-456-7894,Robert Hoo 201-457-7847";
var myArray = myData.split(",");
return myArray.sort().join("<br>\n");
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