How to get serialized JSON results from a CFC, AJAX and a SQL Stored Procedure

Using a CFC in AJAX is easy. Just make sure to pass your arguments in and use  the arguments scope within the cfc and then use them in a cfproc param within your code. This way you can pass multiple parameters into your sql stored procedure.

The benefit of this I found is that I have greater security on the sql query and can validate the parameters being sent to SQL. I can created indexes and update the stats on the SQL Stored Proc etc which I have not found a way to do in CF yet. My code is compiled per se, and my data is returned much faster. Within my SQL Stored Proc I use SQL CTEs as much as possible so that I work on sets of data and not rows of data. For example here is a sql select that concatenates a full composite address (street number to zip code including apartments), this returns over 12000 rows into a common table expression that is returned. You can pass your parameter to the where clause of the select from CTE statement.


;with cteData as (
  select id as value,
    +’ ‘+ LTRIM(RTRIM(REPLACE(RTRIM(ISNULL(streetprefix,”))
    +’ ‘+ RTRIM(ISNULL(street,”))
    +’ ‘+ RTRIM(ISNULL(streettype,”))
    +’ ‘+ RTRIM(ISNULL(streetsuffix,”)),’ ‘,’ ‘)))
    +’ ‘+ LTRIM(RTRIM(ISNULL(apartment,”))))+’,’+
    +’ ‘+ LTRIM(RTRIM(ISNULL(city,”)))+’,’+
    +’ ‘+ LTRIM(RTRIM(ISNULL(state,”)))
    +’ ‘+ LTRIM(RTRIM(ISNULL(postalcode,”))),’ ‘,’ ‘)
    as label from tableName
select value, label from cteData


            type: ‘post’,
           url: ‘../assets/cfc/getData.cfc’,
           data: {
                      method: “getData”,
                      testing: ‘1’,
                      qry: ‘0’
          dataType: ‘json’,
          success: function(data){
          fail: function(data){

The AJAX calls passes two parameters to the cfc (testing & qry).

CFC cffunction:

<cffunction name=”getData” displayname=”Get Data” access=”remote” returntype=”Any” returnformat=”JSON” >
<cfargument name=”testing” required=”true” type=”numeric” default=”1″ />
<cfargument name=”qry” required=”true” type=”numeric” />

<!— Define variables —>
<cfset var q=””>

<!— Get data —>
<cfstoredproc procedure=”usp_SQL_STORED_PROC_NAME” datasource=”DATASOURCE”>
      <cfprocresult name=”q” />
      <cfprocparam type=”in” cfsqltype=”CF_SQL_INTEGER” value=”#arguments.testing#” maxlength=”1″/>
      <cfprocparam type=”in” cfsqltype=”CF_SQL_INTEGER” value=”#arguments.qry#” maxlength=”1″/>

<!— And return it —>
<cfset q = serializeJSON(q,”struct”)>
<cfreturn q>


I serialize the the JSON results into a struct by adding a <cfset q = serializeJSON(q,”struct”)> and find that my JS / CF front end consumes my data much faster.

Running this with with testing parameter = 0 returns to whole data set whereas testing = 1 returns the top 10.

Here is a sample of the data returned:

  1. [{VALUE: “_0002BB81B2MFR”, LABEL: “3434 S 144 ST C226, TUKWILA, WA 98168”},…]
    1. 0:{VALUE: “_0002BB81B2MFR”, LABEL: “3434 S 144 ST C226, TUKWILA, WA 98168”}
    2. 1:{VALUE: “_0011A4CA8FMFR”, LABEL: “17585 SOUTHCENTER PKY, TUKWILA, WA 98188”}
    3. 2:{VALUE: “_0011D183FFMFR”, LABEL: “4044 S 128 ST, TUKWILA, WA 98168”}
    4. 3:{VALUE: “_0012730599MFR”, LABEL: “3440 S 146 ST B02, TUKWILA, WA 98168”}
    5. 4:{VALUE: “_001296A98FMFR”, LABEL: “4708 S 122 ST, TUKWILA, WA 98178”}
    6. 5:{VALUE: “_00167C7899MFR”, LABEL: “14828 MILITARY RD S 103, TUKWILA, WA 98168”}
    7. 6:{VALUE: “_001A36DE86MFR”, LABEL: “14224 37 AVE S 110, TUKWILA, WA 98168”}
    8. 7:{VALUE: “_001C57BCF8MFR”, LABEL: “14893 INTERURBAN AVE S 07, TUKWILA, WA 98188”}
    9. 8:{VALUE: “_0025B1E52DMFR”, LABEL: “13517 34 AVE S, TUKWILA, WA 98168”}
    10. 9:{VALUE: “_0034175BEEMFR”, LABEL: “14250 53 AVE S, TUKWILA, WA 98168”}

Here are the stats for testing = 0 (all rows)fullDataSet

The result is 12,533 rows of serialized JSON.

Note this in on local laptop so yes it is fast but a laptop is not a server.

Here are the stats for testing = 1 (top 10 rows):


As you can see using stored procedures in CFCs called from AJAX is really simple and really fast thanks to CF.




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