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Given that the dates are in one format but need to be sorted as if in another, you just need to control the behaviour of sort by inserting a sort block immediately after the sort keyword (see also sort command syntax). In this case it is also a good idea to make a separate reformatting subroutine - the conversion to dd/mm/yyyy you carry out earlier might also be yet another formatting subroutine if you want your code to look more readable. (updated to show a simple way to get the last date)
my $lastdate; foreach my $date # n.b. $a and $b interpreted specially in a sort block ( sort { sFormat( $a ) <=> sFormat( $b ) } keys %datecount ) { print "\n", $date, ": ", $datecount{$date}; $lastdate = $date; # overwritten in order until last } sub sFormat { # convert dd/mm/yyyy into yyyymmdd my $old = shift; $old =~ /^(\d{2})\/(\d{2})\/(\d{4})$/ or die "Programming error: Invalid format $old\n"; return $3 . $2 . $1; }


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In reply to Re: Sorting Dates by Moron
in thread Sorting Dates by josephjohn

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