Order a find using a has_many association

I'm trying to order a find through a has_many association. I have a
model called SalesOrder. Each sales order has things like amount,
description, etc. I use the following to get the Sales Orders:

@sales_orders = SalesOrder.find(:all)

And I display them with:

<td><%= link_to sales_order.id.to_s, :action => 'show', :id =>
sales_order.id %></td>
<td><%= sales_order.sold_to %></td>
<td><%= sales_order.ship_to %></td>
<td><%= (sales_order.rep.length < 1 ? "&nbsp;" : sales_order.rep) %></

<td><%= sales_order.description %></td>
<td class="right_align"><%= sprintf("%#1.2f", sales_order.amount) %></

<td><%= sales_order.ship_date.strftime('%m/%d/%y') %></td>
<td><%= sales_order.latest_history.nil? ? "&nbsp;" :
sales_order.latest_history.route.name %></td>

The problem is that this list is not in the order that I need it to
be. I can order it by any column in the sales_orders table, but I
need to order it by latest_history.route.name I don't know how to
order a query based on another table's column. Is this even
possible? Or is there another way to accomplish the same result? My
model definitions are below:

class SalesOrder < ActiveRecord::Base
   has_many :histories
   has_one :latest_history,
            :class_name => "History",
            :order => "id desc"

class History < ActiveRecord::Base
   belongs_to :route
   belongs_to :sales_order

class Route < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :histories
  has_and_belongs_to_many :users



you might want to try this

@sales_orders = SalesOrder.find(:all, :include => [:histories, :routes], :order => “routes.name”)



I added the following to my SalesOrder model:

has_many :routes, :through => :histories

Then I tried:

@sales_orders = SalesOrder.find(:all, :include =>
[:histories, :routes], :order => 'routes.name')

That partially worked. It seemed to group together all sales orders
where the route wasn't blank. But they weren't all grouped together
by the same status. Here's the order of the routes they were in:

Production Control
Application Data Sheet Approval
Manufacturing Engineering
Released to Shop
Manufacturing Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Project Engineering
Released to Shop

Why weren't the Manufacturing Engineering and Released to Shop routes
all together?


ah, I’m assuming you want to group sub items together, would you mind reponding back with you view code?