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Sort on multiple values with LINQ

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With LINQ sort, a collection with complex objects gets even easier than it was before. Simply use the OrderBy method of IEnumerable<T> which could look like follows:

List<Person> personlist = new List<Person>() 
    new Person(){ FirstName = "Peter", Name ="Muster", Age = 21}, 
    new Person(){ FirstName = "Hans", Name = "Sampler", Age = 29}, 
    new Person(){ FirstName = "Hans", Name ="Hood", Age = 34} 
IOrderedEnumerable<Person> sort = personlist.OrderBy(p => p.Age);

But how can I sort on multiple values, say as example first sort on name and then on prenames, so all people with the same name are ordered by their prenames. Calling the GroupBy multiple times won't work. The answer is ThenBy.

var multisort = list.OrderBy(p => p.FirstName).ThenBy(p => p.Name);
foreach (Person person in multisort)
    Console.WriteLine("Name {0}, FirstName {1}, Age {2}",
        person.Name, person.FirstName, person.Age);

ThenBy is an extension method of IOrderedEnumerable<T> which is returned by the OrderBy method. Both, the OrderBy and the ThenBy method will sort ascending, to sort descending, there are the methods OrderByDescending and ThenByDescending.


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