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Initial situation

Since I lost too much time with sorting stuff while I wrote this blog, I decided to write this short article. I generate the final and static version of my website directly on my computer using gulp. The page description is stored in a json file, so I have to parse this file using javascript. Then I use moment.js and Lodash to sort the files. This is my test case: An array, that contains a date and a title entry for every blog or page entry.

        
            var blogPosts = [{
                date:  "2016-10-26 13:37:00",
                title: "Blog-Post 3"
            }, {
                date:  "2016-10-24 13:37:00",
                title: "Blog-Post 1"
            }, {
                date:  "2016-10-25 13:37:00",
                title: "Blog-Post 2"
            }];
        
    

Javascript code

I want to sort the blog posts descending by date. That means the latest blog post is listed first. Important: _.sortBy() sorts the array ascending , so I flip the whole array directly after the sort function is done using a .reverse() .

        
            blogPosts = _.sortBy(blogPosts, function(o) {
                return new moment(o.date);
            }).reverse();
        
    

Avoid the date object?

If you don't trust the interpreter to treat a date object in a right way, you can just use the .format() method of moment.js to transform the date to a definitely sortable number.

        
            blogPosts = _.sortBy(blogPosts, function(o) {
                return new moment(o.date).format('YYYYMMDD');
            }).reverse();
        
    

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