AsproHook - Windows Hooks for .Net
While using SetWindowsHookEx for local hooks in .Net is not terribly difficult and there
are a number of C# implementations on CodeProject and elsewhere. We felt that there was
a very good case for producing another. While there are several windows hook libraries
there is a paucity of well designed ones. Rather than just a simple wrapper around the calls
to SetWindowsHookEx and UnhookWindowsHookEx we wanted a library that encapsulated the
intent of people who wished to use a windows hook. A library with a properly defined class
hierarchy and appropriate events and their arguments for receiving and manipulating the
data passed through the hooking mechanism.
In addition, and this is the killer, we wanted to go one step farther and provide access to
global hooks in .Net. Global hooks cannot be written in a .Net language for a variety of
reasons and several workarounds have been proposed, some interesting and some harebrained.
With version 1.0 of AsproHook we will provide a quality, performant implementation of global
hooks for .Net (also useable in C/C++) that will funnel all events back to the hooking
application rather than using dll injection alone. The current version of AsproHook only supports
local hooks but development on the unmanaged messaging framework to support global hooks