groovy sort with comparator syntax

When the Closure used by sort has two parameters, it acts like a traditional Comparator. That is, for each comparison that is done during the sort, between two elements a and b, it returns a negative integer, zero, or a positive integer as the first argument is less than, equal to, or greater than the second.

In your particular scenario, the comparison is the result of using the spaceship operator <=>. In other words, you are effectively sorting your elements in ascending order.

For example, if you had the list [ 3, 2, 1 ], the result of using that sort would be [ 1, 2, 3 ].

Thus, m.sort{a,b -> a.value <=> b.value} is roughly the equivalent of using the following compare function:

int compare(a, b) {
  if (a < b) {
    return -1;
  } else if (a > b) {
    return 1;
  } else {
    return 0;

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