Here's my submission to sort a string of characters in numeric, then lowercase, then uppercase. It may be useful, it may be not.

Function SortStringUpperLower(ByVal strString As String) As String


            Dim arrString() As Char = Nothing
            Dim strReturn As String = String.Empty
            Dim chrPrevious As Char = CChar(String.Empty)

            Dim arrLower() As Char = Nothing
            Dim arrUpper() As Char = Nothing

            ReDim arrString(Len(strString) - 1)
            arrString = strString.ToCharArray

            'The string "i a 2 M 1 c D 3 ß B E 4 x g K q A m" would become "1234ABDEKMacgimqxß" on sorting the array.

            Dim strNumeric As String = String.Empty
            Dim strLowerCase As String = String.Empty
            Dim strUpperCase As String = String.Empty

            'The characters are placed in 3 seperate strings which hold either numerical or lowercase or uppercase characters.

            For i = 1 To 3

                For Each ch As Char In arrString

                    If ch.ToString <> " " Then

                        Select Case i

                            Case Is = 1 ' Only append numerical characters.
                                If IsNumeric(ch) Then
                                    strNumeric += ch.ToString + " "
                                End If
                            Case Is = 2 ' Only append lower case characters.

                                If Asc(ch) >= 97 Then
                                    strLowerCase += ch.ToString + " "
                                End If

                            Case Is = 3 ' Only append upper case characters.

                                If Asc(ch) >= 65 And Asc(ch) <= 90 Then
                                    strUpperCase += ch.ToString + " "
                                End If

                        End Select

                    End If ' If ch.ToString <> " " Then

                Next ' For Each ch As Char In arrString

            Next ' For i = 1 to 3

            'The return string need to be hold the numeric data first then the alphabet data in order (lowercase then uppercase for matching characters).

            'Therefore the return string for "i a 2 M 1 c D 3 ß B E 4 x g K q A m" would become "1 2 3 4 a A B c D E g i K m M q x ß".

            strReturn = strNumeric

            'Position upper case character next to its lower case character.

            strUpperCase = LCase(strUpperCase)

            For Each chrLower As Char In strLowerCase

                If chrLower.ToString <> " " Then

                    For Each chrUpper As Char In strUpperCase

                        Dim blnHasLowerChar As Boolean = False

                        If chrUpper.ToString <> " " Then

                            If Asc(chrUpper) < Asc(chrLower) Then
                                strReturn += UCase(chrUpper).ToString + " "
                                'Remove inserted character from the string containing upper case characters.
                                strUpperCase = Replace(strUpperCase, chrUpper.ToString, "")

                            End If

                        End If ' If chrUpper.ToString <> " " Then

                    Next ' For Each chrUpper As Char In strUpperCase

                    strReturn += chrLower.ToString + " "

                End If ' If chrLower.ToString <> " " Then

            Next ' For Each chrLower As Char In strLowerCase

            'There maybe some uppercase characters still to append.
            For Each chrUpper As Char In strUpperCase

                If chrUpper.ToString <> " " Then

                    strReturn += chrUpper.ToString

                    Exit For

                End If


            strReturn = Trim(strReturn)

            SortStringUpperLower = strReturn

        Catch ex As Exception

        End Try

    End Function


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On that note, consider this example to streamline what you are doing.

Imports System.Linq
Imports System.Xml.Linq

Module Module1

    Sub Main()

        Dim input As String = "i a 2 M 1 c D 3 ß B E 4 x g K q A m"
        Dim temp = input.ToCharArray().OrderBy(Function(c As Char) Char.ToUpper(c))
        Dim sortedInput = String.Join(" ", temp.Where(Function(c As Char) c <> " "c).Select(Function(c As Char) c.ToString()).ToArray())

    End Sub

End Module
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