Preventing backspace from navigating back in all the browsers

One of the requirements which you may face is preventing the backspace key from navigating back in the browser. This requirement can be achieved by listening on the keyboard keys in the browser and acting when the backspace key is pressed under the condition that the mouse cursor is NOT inside an input or a text area elements. Actually, you have to take care of the IE broken event model when you are implementing this feature. for example, the event.stopPropagation() method is not working in IE, adding to this, you have to get the keycode from the window.event not from the passed event object to the event handler.

I wrote the following code which works on all the common browsers (IE, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox) perfectly, and I wish it can be useful for you:

document.onkeydown = function (event) {
	if (!event) { /* This will happen in IE */
		event = window.event;
	var keyCode = event.keyCode;
	if (keyCode == 8 &&
		(( || event.srcElement).tagName != "TEXTAREA") && 
		(( || event.srcElement).tagName != "INPUT")) { 
		if (navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf("msie") == -1) {
		} else {
			event.returnValue = false;
		return false;

Using this code inside a <script> tag of the HTML <body> element can do this job for you.

The effective Java logout servlet code

What is the issue?

You may face an issue when you try to write your own Servlet logout code as follows:

protected void doGet(HttpServletRequest request,
		HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {

	response.sendRedirect(request.getContextPath() + "/login.jsp");

The issue in this code is that after it runs on the web container, You may find that the user session is not cleared completely in IE (However, on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox, it may work fine). i.e) You can access pages that requires a user authentication after running this logout code in IE.

Why do we have this issue?

Well, this issue is related to the caching of the pages in the Internet Explorer.

How to solve this issue?

You need to prevent the page caching from the HTTP response as follows:

protected void doGet(HttpServletRequest request,
		HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {

	response.setHeader("Cache-Control", "no-cache, no-store");
	response.setHeader("Pragma", "no-cache");

	response.sendRedirect(request.getContextPath() + "/login.jsp");

After writing the first two headers response lines, your logout will work in all the browsers.

Changing the default value of Dojo DateTextBox

In some business use cases, you may need to change the default value of the Dojo DateTextBox. For example, if you have a date of birth field and you wish to make the default date a date in the past in order to minimize the user navigation in the Dojo DateTextBox component.

In order to change the default value of Dojo DateTextBox, you need to change the value attribute of the dijit.form.DateTextBox as shown below.

<label for="sampleDate">Select the Date: </label>
<input id="sampleDate" dojoType="dijit.form.DateTextBox"></input>

<script type="text/javascript">
	dojo.addOnLoad(function (){
		dijit.byId('sampleDate').attr("value", new Date(1970, 1, 30));