# JavaScript: DHTML Quick Sort

This page demonstrates the Quick Sort algorithm. This is the most advanced algorithm of the four presented, but has some problems w.r.t. speed and the fact that it is not a 'stable' sort (see link at bottom of page for details). At this stage we've found the Shell Sort algorithm to be more efficient with web data.

idcolourrandom
1blue653
2green43
3purple477
4purple4
5green445
6yellow368
7purple386
8purple717
9red568
10yellow652
11orange869
12purple234
13yellow379
14purple811
15blue83
16yellow739
17green358
18green644
19purple869
20blue541
Sort by DESC?

## How does it work?

For a more detailed discussion on the sorting process, you can refer to the Bubble Sort page. The only difference between the two is the actual sorting algorithm, with the Quick Sort, in theory, being much faster:

``` // global variables var col = 0; var parent = null; var items = new Array(); var N = 0; function quicksort(m, n, desc) { if(n <= m+1) return; if((n - m) == 2) { if(compare(get(n-1), get(m), desc)) exchange(n-1, m); return; } i = m + 1; j = n - 1; if(compare(get(m), get(i), desc)) exchange(i, m); if(compare(get(j), get(m), desc)) exchange(m, j); if(compare(get(m), get(i), desc)) exchange(i, m); pivot = get(m); while(true) { j--; while(compare(pivot, get(j), desc)) j--; i++; while(compare(get(i), pivot, desc)) i++; if(j <= i) break; exchange(i, j); } exchange(m, j); if((j-m) < (n-j)) { quicksort(m, j, desc); quicksort(j+1, n, desc); } else { quicksort(j+1, n, desc); quicksort(m, j, desc); } } function sortTable(tableid, n, desc) { parent = document.getElementById(tableid); col = n; if(parent.nodeName != "TBODY") parent = parent.getElementsByTagName("TBODY"); if(parent.nodeName != "TBODY") return false; items = parent.getElementsByTagName("TR"); N = items.length; // quick sort quicksort(0, N, desc); }```

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This algorithm makes use of the get and compare function presented previously in the Bubble Sort demonstration, and the exchange function introduced in the Shell Sort demonstration.

The sorting functions presented so far have all been quite inefficient because they first have to read the DOM and then apply the various algorithms. To get around this limitation, each of the sorting algorithms has also been implemented using object-oriented (OOP) techniques.

All four methods (using OOP) are now available as external javascript files on the related page: DHTML Sorting Using OOP.

## References

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