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This means that the substr function will be called four times for each comparison, which could add up if it's a large array. That makes it a good candidate for a Schwartzian Transform. (You probably know that; I'm adding it for the original poster.) UPDATE: I was completely wrong about this; see below.

#!/usr/bin/env perl use Modern::Perl; use Data::Dumper; my @data = <DATA>; @data = map { $_->[0] } sort { $b->[1][0] <=> $a->[1][0] or $a->[1][1] <=> $b->[1][1] } map { [ $_, [substr( $_, 0, 8 ), substr( $_, 8)]] } @data; say @data; __DATA__ 20090405022300 20080405022600 20090405022900 20080405023500 20050405005000 20080405022500 20090405022500 20020405081200 20010405000000 20090405022100

UPDATE: While I understand the Schwartzian Transform in theory and think it's one of the coolest things ever, I haven't had much call to actually use it, so I did a benchmark for this case against the simple sort of substr calls. I was a little surprised to see that the repeated substr calls beat my ST, testing with array sizes from 10 to 1_000_000. In fact, the ST took about twice as long in all tests. I guess four substr calls (or two if the first comparison returns a value so the second comparison isn't necessary) don't qualify as expensive enough to make the overhead of the ST worth it here. Darn it.

Aaron B.
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