# Sort an Array using sort(): wrong solution provided

## Functional Programming: Sort an Array Alphabetically using the sort Method

The solution provided doesn’t work:

``````function alphabeticalOrder(arr) {
return arr.sort(function(a,b) {
return a > b;
});
}
alphabeticalOrder(["a", "d", "c", "a", "z", "g"]);
``````

This solution works:

``````function alphabeticalOrder(arr) {
return arr.sort(function(a,b) {
if (a > b) return 1;
if (a == b) return 0;
if (a < b) return -1;
});
}
alphabeticalOrder(["a", "d", "c", "a", "z", "g"]);
``````

Reason (from MDN web docs):
If `compareFunction` is supplied, all non- `undefined` array elements are sorted according to the return value of the compare function (all `undefined` elements are sorted to the end of the array, with no call to `compareFunction` ). If `a` and `b` are two elements being compared, then:

• If `compareFunction(a, b)` is less than 0, sort `a` to an index lower than `b` (i.e. `a` comes first).
• If `compareFunction(a, b)` returns 0, leave `a` and `b` unchanged with respect to each other, but sorted with respect to all different elements. Note: the ECMAscript standard does not guarantee this behaviour, and thus not all browsers (e.g. Mozilla versions dating back to at least 2003) respect this.
• If `compareFunction(a, b)` is greater than 0, sort `b` to an index lower than `a` (i.e. `b` comes first).
• `compareFunction(a, b)` must always return the same value when given a specific pair of elements `a` and `b` as its two arguments. If inconsistent results are returned then the sort order is undefined.

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Actually, this challenge has been updated to include similar information in the challenge.

I had added this information to the Guide on a PR, but then we decided it would be better placed in the challenge itself, so @Manish-Giri did that with PR #35756. Once master is deployed to production, the challenge will look like below:

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