Ordering column "name" in the List view

I am very new to RoR and am learning at a fairly good pace, but a
seemingly simple task is leaving me stuck. I have a DB table called
'workers' and fields for 'first_name' and 'last_name' need to be
combined in the 'list' view and shown in order of last name. The code
I have below will render the name as "Last, First". How can I order
the table by the name column when it is a combination of 2 fields?


<table class="list" width="90%">
    <th>Phone Number #1</th>
    <th>Phone Number #2</th>
<% for worker in @workers %>
<% row_color = cycle("F8F8F8", "ffffff")%>
  <tr style="background: #<%= row_color %>;">
    <td><%= link_to %Q{ #{worker.last_name},
#{worker.first_name}}, :action => 'show', :id => worker %></td>
    <td><%= mail_to worker.email, worker.email, :subject => "This is
an example email", :body => "This is the body of the message." %></

    <td><%= worker.telephone_1 %></td>
    <td><%= worker.telephone_2 %></td>
    <td><span class="smaller"><%= link_to 'Edit', :action =>
'edit', :id => worker %>
    <%= link_to 'Delete', { :action => 'destroy', :id =>
worker }, :confirm => 'Are you sure?', :post => true %></span></td>
<% end %>


I'm pretty new to RoR, too. But for what it's worth, I think you need
to look at your controller which populates your @workers collection
and add an :order expression, something like:

find(:all, order="name")

If nothing else, look up "order" in a Rails book.


Hi Wayne,

@workers = Worker.find(:all, :order => 'last_name, first_name')

Nice job. But do you know where there's an example of this where the
app toggles between ASC and DESC when the column-name is clicked?

I got some suggestions about this a few months ago but never got it
working right. I'd like to find an "applet" on the Web or in a book
that demonstrates this.


Try this. http://www.kryogenix.org/code/browser/sorttable/


Thanks for that GREAT article. Of course, it's all JavaScript rather
than Ruby/Rails. But it works nicely and is designed beautifully, so
it'll be a great education for me to translate it to RoR with minimal

Best wishes,

I ended up using that too. It's a great tool!

I forgot to thank you for this. It was helpful!