Is there a JavaScript strcmp()?

Can anyone verify this for me? JavaScript does not have a version of strcmp(), so you have to write out something like:

 ( str1 < str2 ) ? 
            -1 : 
             ( str1 > str2 ? 1 : 0 );

Answers:

Answer

What about

str1.localeCompare(str2)
Answer
var strcmp = new Intl.Collator(undefined, {numeric:true, sensitivity:'base'}).compare;

Usage: strcmp(string1, string2)

Result: 1 means string1 is bigger, 0 means equal, -1 means string2 is bigger.

This has higher performance than String.prototype.localeCompare

Also, numeric:true makes it do logical number comparison

Answer

How about:

String.prototype.strcmp = function(s) {
    if (this < s) return -1;
    if (this > s) return 1;
    return 0;
}

Then, to compare s1 with 2:

s1.strcmp(s2)
Answer

Javascript doesn't have it, as you point out.

A quick search came up with:

function strcmp ( str1, str2 ) {
    // http://kevin.vanzonneveld.net
    // +   original by: Waldo Malqui Silva
    // +      input by: Steve Hilder
    // +   improved by: Kevin van Zonneveld (http://kevin.vanzonneveld.net)
    // +    revised by: gorthaur
    // *     example 1: strcmp( 'waldo', 'owald' );
    // *     returns 1: 1
    // *     example 2: strcmp( 'owald', 'waldo' );
    // *     returns 2: -1

    return ( ( str1 == str2 ) ? 0 : ( ( str1 > str2 ) ? 1 : -1 ) );
}

from http://kevin.vanzonneveld.net/techblog/article/javascript_equivalent_for_phps_strcmp/

Of course, you could just add localeCompare if needed:

if (typeof(String.prototype.localeCompare) === 'undefined') {
    String.prototype.localeCompare = function(str, locale, options) {
        return ((this == str) ? 0 : ((this > str) ? 1 : -1));
    };
}

And use str1.localeCompare(str2) everywhere, without having to worry wether the local browser has shipped with it. The only problem is that you would have to add support for locales and options if you care about that.

Answer

localeCompare() is slow, so if you don't care about the "correct" ordering of non-English-character strings, try your original method or the cleaner-looking:

str1 < str2 ? -1 : +(str1 > str2)

This is an order of magnitude faster than localeCompare() on my machine.

The + ensures that the answer is always numeric rather than boolean.

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