Kudos to Chris Love:



What Can You Do?

I got wind the Blink team, that is the team that created Google’s Chrome browser, is watching the Chromium bug tracker issue #162757. This is the issue/bug report filed to have pointer events added to Chrome. They are trying to gauge how popular the API is with developers. The metric is how many times the issue is starred.


Chromium Pointer Events Bug Issue 162757


So please take a moment and tap the star in the top-left corner of the page and register your vote in support of pointer events in Chrome. Then tell some friends to do the same. Maybe the Blink team will take notice and use the code that was checked into the WebKit source almost 2 years ago and give developers an easy to use input modality abstraction API. In the end developers will have a much easier time dealing with new input modalities and end users can have better user experiences.

Reliable bring external process window to foreground with C#

If you want to reliable bring the main window of an external process to the foreground in C#, use the “simulate alt key” technique found at:

Just start Notepad, then run the following test in Visual Studio.

It should bring Notepad as a maximized window in the foreground.

namespace Research.EndToEndTests
    using Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.UnitTesting;
    using System;
    using System.Diagnostics;
    using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

    public class ResearchTester
        public void Test()

        public void Reliable_set_window_to_forground()
            Process[] processes = Process.GetProcesses();
            foreach (Process proc in processes)
                if (ProcessIsNotepad(proc))

        public bool ProcessIsNotepad(Process proc) 
            return proc.MainWindowTitle.EndsWith("Notepad", StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase);
        private const int ALT = 0xA4;
        private const int EXTENDEDKEY = 0x1;
        private const int KEYUP = 0x2;
        private const int SHOW_MAXIMIZED = 3;

        private static extern IntPtr GetForegroundWindow();
        private static extern void keybd_event(byte bVk, byte bScan, uint dwFlags, int dwExtraInfo);
        private static extern bool SetForegroundWindow(IntPtr hWnd);
        private static extern bool ShowWindow(IntPtr hWnd, int nCmdShow);
        public static void ActivateWindow(IntPtr mainWindowHandle)
            // Guard: check if window already has focus.
            if (mainWindowHandle == GetForegroundWindow()) return;

            // Show window maximized.
            ShowWindow(mainWindowHandle, SHOW_MAXIMIZED);
            // Simulate an "ALT" key press.
            keybd_event((byte)ALT, 0x45, EXTENDEDKEY | 0, 0);
            // Simulate an "ALT" key release.
            keybd_event((byte)ALT, 0x45, EXTENDEDKEY | KEYUP, 0);

            // Show window in forground.

Changing C# on the fly (without stopping the debugger) in an ASP .NET vNext web application with Visual Studio 14 CTP3

The roslyn compiler found in Visual Studio 14 enables us, to adjust C# code during runtime, by compiling the new C# code in-memory. Now we can edit the UI part (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) of a single page app, including the backend C# ASP .NET Web Api service dynamically in runtime.


On of the things, that disrupts my workflow, when creating a single page app with AngularJS, backed by a web api C# service in Visual Studio 2013, is the fact that, when I find a bug in my C# code while testing the UI, I have to stop the debugger, adjust the web api C# code, re-compile, re-run and then recreating state in the web app before I can resume testing the UI.

This pain will go away, when using Visual Studio 14


Download and install Visual Studio 14 CTP 3 from

Open Visual Studio, choose File > New > Project …






Start the web application by pressing CTRL + F5 (so don’t start the debugger).




Click on the Contact page in the browser:

You will see the text “Your contact page”.



Now go to the Controllers\HomeController.cs



Adjust the the C# code: ViewBag.Message = "Your contact page.";


ViewBag.Message = "My contact page.";




Save the file and in the browser press F5, you might see a short delay, because the roslyn compiler is now dynamically compiling the code.


The C# code is changed without disrupting my workflow.



Fix: new XMLHttpRequest() Uncaught ReferenceError: request is not defined

I was testing some JavaScript ajax code found at: and I was getting the error:


Uncaught ReferenceError: request is not defined from ReferenceError: request is not defined
   at (
   at (http://localhost:50258/Client/Features/Posts/request_is_not_defined.html:55:22)
   at HTMLButtonElement.onclick(http://localhost:50258/Client/Features/Posts/request_is_not_defined.html:12:145) request_is_not_defined.html:63
Uncaught ReferenceError: request is not defined





This was caused by the line:

request = new XMLHttpRequest();

When you use ‘use strict’, variables need to be defined before use.


So adding var before request fixed the problem:

<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Vanilla JavaScript.</title> <meta charset="utf-8" /> <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge, chrome=1" /> <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1, maximum-scale=1, minimum-scale=1, user-scalable=no" /> </head> <body> <div class="spa-page"> <button onclick="">Execute</button> </div> <script type="text/javascript"> // Use a namespace to prevent pollution of the global namespace. var rli = rli || {}; // Define application root object. = (function () { 'use strict'; var self = {}; self.makeXmlHttpRequest = function () {

// When "var" is removed from this line, an error is thrown:
// Uncaught ReferenceError: request is not defined.
var request = new XMLHttpRequest();'GET', '', true); request.onload = function () { if (this.status >= 200 && this.status < 400) { // Success! var data = JSON.parse(this.response); console.log(data); } else { // We reached our target server, but it returned an error. console.log("Error status not between 200 and 400."); } }; request.onerror = function (e) { // There was a connection error of some sort. console.log(e); }; request.send(); }; self.onExecuteClick = function () { self.makeXmlHttpRequest(); }; self.start = function () { // Define global exception handler. window.onerror = function (message, file, line, col, error) { console.log(message, "from", error.stack); }; }; return self; })(); // Start the application.; </script> </body> </html>