[FIXED] Sort array elements based on their return value from a custom function call


Is there a way to sort a PHP array by return value of a custom function? Like Python’s sorted(arr, key=keyfn) or Clojure’s (sort-by keyfn arr),

usort($array, function ($a, $b) {
    $key_a = keyfn($a);
    $key_b = keyfn($b);
    if ($key_a == $key_b) return 0;
    if ($key_a < $key_b) return -1;
    return 1;

The above does what I want, but it’s verbose and it calls keyfn (which can be slow) much more often than needed. Is there a more performant approach?


I ended up implementing it this way:

function sort_by($key_f, $arr) {
    $values = array_map($key_f, $arr);
    $sorted_arr = array();

    foreach ($values as $idx => $value) {
        $sorted_arr[] = $arr[$idx];

    return $sorted_arr;

Answered By – 0x60

Answer Checked By – Marie Seifert (Easybugfix Admin)

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