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  • Mark Hunter
    The bubble sort compares and swaps consecutive pairs,
    passing through the entire list repeatedly until no swap
    is necessary.

    For this procedure to sort the list, the list must be
    scanned top to bottom on each pass.

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  • David J Walker
    Sort both up and down, decrementing the top limit and incrementing the bottom limit on each pass.
    I call this the Bubble and Brick sort.


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  • Mark Hunter
    if what michael suggests is possible, you could
    use the tag feature of array sort to sort the
    index and have what it points to "tag" along.

    even faster is my code you will find at

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  • Michael Mattias
    One fast suggestion: if the file can be loaded into a non-HUGE array, load it and do the swapping in memory rather than "in-place" on disk. Put the array back on disk when sorted.

    Depending on keysize and recordsize, it may work out better to load only an index, sort that and then put the records back into a new file.

    Or, you can change sort algorithms. I have PB/DOS code for an 'inplace' disk sort; I also have code for PB/DOS to sort a HUGE array.

    What recordsize, number of records and keylength are you looking at? The best design will be dependent on that.


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  • Keith E. Black
    started a topic fast sort

    fast sort

    This is a simple bubble sort. How can I make it sort faster.

    Changed% = 0
    FOR c% = 2 TO Matches%
    SEEK #OutFile%, ((c% - 2) * %QueryLen) + Offset%(KeyField%)
    GET$ #OutFile%, FldLen%(KeyField%), Buffer1$
    SEEK #OutFile%, ((c% - 1) * %QueryLen) + Offset%(KeyField%)
    GET$ #OutFile%, FldLen%(KeyField%), Buffer2$
    IF ucASE$(Buffer1$) > UCASE$(Buffer2$) THEN ' we need to swap these records
    Changed% = -1 ' we've made a change, so we'll have to make another pass through the file
    SEEK #OutFile%, (c% - 2) * %QueryLen
    GET #OutFile%, , Record1
    GET #OutFile%, , Record2
    ' swap the records
    SEEK #OutFile%, (c% - 2) * %QueryLen
    PUT #OutFile%, , Record2
    PUT #OutFile%, , Record1
    END IF
    NEXT c%
    LOOP WHILE Changed%
    ' the file is now sorted, so print the report