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How to implement Array.prototype.sort? JavaScript Interview Question | Problem Solving | JavaScript Polyfills
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In this question, the candidate needs to implement a function customSort that mimics the behaviour of Array.prototype.sort method.

More about Array.prototype.sort

The reverse() method reverses an array in place and returns the reference to the same array, the first array element now becoming the last, and the last array element becoming the first. In other words, elements order in the array will be turned towards the direction opposite to that previously stated.

Examples

const months = ['March', 'Jan', 'Feb', 'Dec'];
months.sort();
console.log(months);
// expected output: Array ["Dec", "Feb", "Jan", "March"]

const numbers = [1, 30, 4, 21, 100000];
numbers.sort();
console.log(numbers);
// expected output: Array [1, 100000, 21, 30, 4]

Syntax

// Functionless
sort()

// Arrow function
sort((a, b) => { /* … */ } )

// Compare function
sort(compareFn)

// Inline compare function
sort(function compareFn(a, b) { /* … */ })

Parameters

  1. compareFn (Optional)

Specifies a function that defines the sort order. If omitted, the array elements are converted to strings, then sorted according to each character's Unicode code point value.

  • a

The first element for comparison.

  • b

The second element for comparison.

Return value

The reference to the original array, now sorted. Note that the array is sorted in place, and no copy is made.

Submission

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