Coldfusion $.ajax delete from data string of values

I'm submitting two types of fields...

1. Main Categories
2. Sub-Categories

I've created a form that submits the data just fine to the function below. The example data might be...

cat_48=0&rec_174=1&cat_47=0&rec_172=1&rec_173=0

I'm a little stuck on separating the two out with deleting them from two separate tables on my func_data.cfm page. So if it's "cat_..." delete from one table. If it's "rec_..." delete from the other. I was thinking I could treat the data as a list and loop through it but it's not a list

function delete_cats_and_records() {

    myDataString = $("#userData").serialize();

    $.ajax({
        type: "POST",
        url: "func/func_data.cfm",
        data: myDataString,
        cache: false,
        success: function() {
            getData();
        },
        error: function (xhr, ajaxOptions, thrownError) {
        alert(xhr.status);
        alert(thrownError);
        }
    })
};

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brihol44Asked:
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_agx_Connect With a Mentor Commented:
(Edit - fixed code typo)

Silly question. If 0 means don't delete/do nothing, why pass those fields at all? It's simpler to only pass id's to be deleted as a list.  Use one for "cat" and one for "rec".  So instead of this:

        cat_48=0&rec_174=1&cat_47=0&rec_172=1&rec_173=0

Pass two lists:
       catIDList=(empty string)&recIDList = 174,172

I don't know what type of fields you're using, but if they're checkboxes it's simple. Just use the same name and set the value to the cat/recID.

         <input type="checkbox" name="catIDList" value="48" ...
         <input type="checkbox" name="catIDList" value="99" ...

         <input type="checkbox" name="recIDList" value="174" ...
         <input type="checkbox" name="recIDList" value="172" ...

On the action page the field will contain just id's that were selected.  Then you can use list functions or pass the id's into a WHERE IN (...) clause if your'e deleting them from a table, ie
      <cfparam name="FORM.catIDList" default="">
      <cfparam name="FORM.recIDList" default="">

      <cfif ListLen(FORM.catIDList)>
            <cfquery ...>
              DELETE FROM Table
             WHERE  categoryID IN ( <cfqueryparam value="#catList#" list="true" ....> )
           </cfquery>
      </cfif>
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_agx_Commented:
Yeah, since the fields have unique names you need to loop through the URL parameters and search for patterns in the name, like this (not tested):

       <cfloop collection="#URL#" item="param">
           <!-- split out field name and id:  "cat" and "48">
           <cfset name = getToken(param, 1, "_")>
           <cfset id = getToken(param, 2, "_")>
           <cfset value = URL[param]>

           <!--- its a category with a valid ID ...--->
           <cfif name eq "cat" and ID gt 0>
                  CATEGORY: do something with #id# and #value# ...

           <cfelseif name eq "rec" and ID gt 0>
                  REC: do something with #id# and #value# ...
           </cfif>

       </cfloop>

But I'm wondering if there's an easier way ... I'm assuming the 48 in "cat_48=0" represents a category id. What does the value ie 0/1 represent?
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brihol44Author Commented:
thx for the help. 0 = don't delete (default value), 1 = delete.
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brihol44Author Commented:
Ok agx.. that makes sense, cleaner and something I'm more familiar on how to do on the func_data.cfm page. I guess I didn't know how to do that (lists) using jquery with using the

myDataString = $("#userData").serialize(); to grab the values.

function delete_cats_and_records() {

    myDataString = $("#userData").serialize();

    $.ajax({
        type: "POST",
        url: "func/func_data.cfm",
        data: myDataString,
        cache: false,
        success: function() {
            getData();
        },
        error: function (xhr, ajaxOptions, thrownError) {
        alert(xhr.status);
        alert(thrownError);
        }
    })
};

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_agx_Commented:
Sorry I had to run out.  Hm.. I'm not sure serialize will work here if it assigns elements unique names. Might have to generate the list yourself using something like this:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/Scripting/JavaScript/Jquery/Q_24225776.html
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brihol44Author Commented:
thx Agx... I figured out the jquery list thing on my own.
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