Hey guys,
I was trying to find some way to filter and sort data in a Generic Collection
of List<> Type but couldn't find any way to do this.
I have Tried to use BindingSource which didn't really filter any of the data in my collection.

Anyone have any idea how I can filter and sort data in a List<> Collection ?


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There is no easy way to filter data with a generic collection unfortunately.

But sorting shouldn't be too hard since generic collections have a Sort function you can call. To implement a custom sorting algorithm check out this link on sorting points. It should help as a general guideline.

hope that helps


But what about filtering?
this is my main problem.
what's the best be to filter the List<> ?


It depends on what your doing with that list. Worst case, you can write a for loop that manually displays only the elements that aren't currently filtered out. Otherwise the only way I know off the top of my head is the Filter function in BindingSource, but that's more for DataSets...


Personally, I'd make an interface... let's call it IFilterable with a required method let's call Filter.

public interface {
    bool Filter( );

The each object in the collection could have a member of type IFilterable that defines the filter is should be using and you could then foreach through the list calling each ones' .Filter method. This way you could have a nice plug'n'play filtering scheme that any list could call.

Next I'd create a class extension for the List<IFilterable> class.

public static class ListEx {
        public static List<IFiltertable> Filter( this List<IFiltertable> list ) {
            List<IFiltertable> result = new List<IFiltertable>(list.Count);

            foreach ( IFiltertable item in list ) {
                if ( item.Filter() ) {

Now any List<IFilterable> I have I can just call Filter on it and get back a list of items that passed mustard.

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