using coldfusion structures in javascript

There are situations where we need to use data returned from a coldfusion function  to be used in javascript. For example in some ajax operations we need the data returned from coldfusion to be used in javascript. We will see how this is done.

Below is a CFC function that returns a structure with some data:-

<cffunction name=”myTestFunction” access=”remote” returntype=”Any”>

<cfargument name=”myTestArgument” required=”yes” type=”string”>

<cfset DataStruct = StructNew()>

<cfset DataStruct.DataOne = “First Data”>

<cfset DataStruct.DataTwo = “Second Data”>

<cfset DataStruct = serializeJSON(DataStruct)>

<cfreturn DataStruct>


Here we are filling a Structure with datas that are going to be used in javascript. In order to use in Javascript we are converting our structure DataStruct to JSON(Javascript Object Notation) format by the inbuilt CF function serializeJSON.

Now in our Javascript function that receives the response of the coldfusion function after the ajax function, we need to add the following code:-

var ResponseStructure = ColdFusion.JSON.decode(Response);

Here the “Response” from the coldfusion is stored into our JS variable  ResponseStructure by the inbuilt ColdFusion.JSON.decode function for CF. Now the variable ResponseStructure contains the structure DataStruct that is returned from Coldfusion. The key-value pair inside the structure can be accessed by calling like this:-

var myDataOne =  ResponseStructure.DATAONE;

var myDataTwo  =  ResponseStructure. DATATWO;

Note that the key names of the structure should be specified in CAPITAL letters. Also make sure that we have imported the required AJAX libraries for doing this in  our page:-



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Stephan
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 03:36:30

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