How to BinarySearch Generic List in PowerShell

芹沢 基樹 111 Reputation points

I would like to binarysort a generic list of pscustomobject, but I don't know how to write code for it.
Do anyone know how to write the code for binarysearching a pscustomobject list?

array of pscustomobject

$list1 =
[pscustomobject]@{Id = 5; Name = "Tom"},
[pscustomobject]@{Id = 1 ; Name = "Ben"},
[pscustomobject]@{Id = 8 ; Name = "Alice"},
[pscustomobject]@{Id = 4 ; Name = "Lucy"},
[pscustomobject]@{Id = 9 ; Name = "Sam"},
[pscustomobject]@{Id = 7 ; Name = "Bill"}

Generic List of pscustomobject

using namespace System.Collections.Generic;
$l1 = [List[PSCustomObject]]::new()
$list1 | % {$l1.add($_)}

Sort the list

$l1.Sort( { $args[0].name.compareto($args[1].name) })

The follwing code doesn't work...

PS> $l1.BinarySearch({$args.Name -eq "Ben"})


MethodInvocationException: Exception calling "BinarySearch" with "1" argument(s): "Failed to compare two elements in the array."

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  1. Ian Xue (Shanghai Wicresoft Co., Ltd.) 32,156 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    The Array.BinarySearch method doesn't accept the -eq expression. You have to uses the IComparer interface

    The code could be like this

    Class ObjComparer : IComparer[System.Object] {  
        [int]Compare($x,$y) {  
            return [System.Collections.CaseInsensitiveComparer]::new().Compare($x.Name, $y)  
    $l1.BinarySearch("Ben", [ObjComparer]::new())  

    Best Regards,
    Ian Xue


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