Removing a json array object with PHP

I’m trying to remove single objects from a json array, but when I attempt to delete the DOM object rectangle (each of which represents an array object), then process.php ends up making a copy of the array and appending it to the original array.

When I click the delete button (class rectangle-delete), I change the deleteStatus hidden input value to delete which I’m trying to pick up in process.php. This is the particular bit in process.php that I thought would do the trick:

foreach($arr_data as $key => $value) { if($value->value != "delete") { $arr_data[] = $value; } }

Here is the entire process.php:


   //$myFile = "data/data.json";
   $filename = $_POST['store-template-name'];
   $myFile = "data/" . $filename;
   $arr_data = array(); // create empty array

	   //Get form data
	   $formdata = array(
	   	  'ID'=> $_POST['ID'],
	   	  'attributeName'=> $_POST['attributeName'],
          'deleteStatus'=> $_POST['deleteStatus'],
	      'attributeType'=> $_POST['attributeType']
	   //Get data from existing json file
	   $jsondata = file_get_contents($myFile);
	   // converts json data into array
	   $arr_data = json_decode($jsondata, true);
	   $updateKey = null;
	   foreach ($arr_data as $k => $v) {
		    if ($v['ID'] == $formdata['ID']) {
		        $updateKey = $k;
       //  delete object in json
       foreach($arr_data as $key => $value) {
          if($value->value != "delete") {
              $arr_data[] = $value;
		if ($updateKey === null) {
		} else {
		    $arr_data[$updateKey] = $formdata;

	   $jsondata = json_encode($arr_data);

	   //write json data into data.json file
	   if(file_put_contents($myFile, $jsondata)) {
	        echo 'Data successfully saved';
	        echo "error";
   catch (Exception $e) {
            echo 'Caught exception: ',  $e->getMessage(), "\n";

Maybe this is a “by reference” thing?

In order to be able to directly modify array elements within the loop precede $value with &. In that case the value will be assigned by reference.

Thanks for the reply. How would my codeblock look with the ampersand? Like the following?

foreach($arr_data as $key => &$value) { if($value->value != "delete") { $arr_data[] = $value; } }

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In Process.php after pushing updates to the form, this worked for me:

foreach($arr_data as $elementKey => $element) {
		    foreach($element as $valueKey => $value) {
		        if($valueKey == 'deleteStatus' && $value == 'delete'){
		            //delete this particular object from the $array
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