Sorting a vector of custom objects

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How does one sort a vector that contains custom (i.e. user defined) objects?

Standard STL algorithm sorting should probably be used, along with a predicate (a function or a function object) that operates on one of the fields (as a key for sorting) in the custom object.

Is this the right path for me?
May 31, 2022 in C++ by Nicholas
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A simple example using std::sort

struct MyStruct
{
    int key;
    std::string stringValue;

    MyStruct(int k, const std::string& s) : key(k), stringValue(s) {}
};

struct less_than_key
{
    inline bool operator() (const MyStruct& struct1, const MyStruct& struct2)
    {
        return (struct1.key < struct2.key);
    }
};

std::vector < MyStruct > vec;

vec.push_back(MyStruct(4, "test"));
vec.push_back(MyStruct(3, "a"));
vec.push_back(MyStruct(2, "is"));
vec.push_back(MyStruct(1, "this"));

std::sort(vec.begin(), vec.end(), less_than_key());
answered Jun 1, 2022 by Damon
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