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Yes, they'd be considered sorted. However, it would be of limited use, which is probably why it isn't built that way. Arrays are designed for things that are sorted. Hashes are designed for lookup by key, with ordering left up to the users as a separate step.

When people think they have a hash in a particular order, it isn't generally ASCIIbetical order, but the order they put the elements into it. Obviously, that's a misconception. Hashes don't preserve order. Arrays, on the other hand, do. Wherever you put an element, it has a position relative to other elements of the array. That's intrinsic to the array.

All the iterators built into the language will walk the array in the same order. That is not the case for hash iterators. The language could have been written to iterate over arrays in random order, or hashes in predefined order, but it was not.

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In reply to Re^3: What makes an array sorted and a hash unsorted? by Roy Johnson
in thread What makes an array sorted and a hash unsorted? by ikegami

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