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Re: sorting query results

From: Piotr Mitoraj <piotr(dot)mitoraj(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Andrew McMillan <andrew(at)morphoss(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-php(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: sorting query results
Date: 2009-04-18 22:32:36
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Andrew McMillan wrote:
> On Sat, 2009-04-18 at 16:03 +0300, Piotr Mitoraj wrote:
>> Hi,
>> failing to find the straight-forward answer on the web I hope to find 
>> some advice in here.
>> I want to display the table fetched from the postgres database. The 
>> headers of the columns are links used to sort the data. Like the 
>> functionality you have on ebay when you sort according to price or time 
>> left. I recognized two ways of doing that:
>> 1. Issue a new query to the database each time the specific sorting was 
>> requested. In other words, let the database do the sorting and fetch the 
>> results.
>> 2. Save the table into php array and and use php built-in functions to 
>> sort and refresh the table.
>> Which of those methods would be most desired in terms of performance and 
>> according to "the best practices"?
>> What would be possible drawbacks/advantages of those methods.
> Personally I've found it easiest to implement the sorting in database.
> The reason this is easier is that the programming involved is just a
> small change to the 'ORDER BY' clause in the SQL, whereas the sorting in
> PHP would often change the whole way the query results are processed.
> Another approach I have seen used, which you don't mention, is to do the
> sorting in javascript, client side.  This has the advantage that the
> database is only queried the first time and all re-sorting is done
> client-side.  In this case sorting on things like time/date data can be
> more problematic, and of course you're depending client-side behaviour
> also.
> Cheers,
> 					Andrew.
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Thanks for advice Lukass and Andrew. Tablesorter really made my day! 
Previously I was not even considering javascript, but for my purpose 
seems to be the best.
Quick links for reference just in case anyone else got interested:


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