Richard Hay

Sr. Contributing Editor,
Penton Technology

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well in what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on this site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each year on January 1st for seven consecutive awards in the program.

I host the Observed Tech PODCAST which is a weekly look at all things tech with a decidedly Microsoft angle however, all subjects are discussed including security, social media, hardware, software and anything tech-ish!

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015.

Resources for Writing Clean Code as a Software Developer 2
Is there value in making sure your code is clean and understandable?
Tips and Tricks for Developing with the Surface Dial
Microsoft latest hardware for controlling activity on your Windows 10 based PC is the Surface Dial and it is very easy for Windows developers to integrate this functionality into their Universal Windows Platform apps.
Microsoft Shuffles their 2017 Conference Lineup; Merges and Date Changes for Envision & Build
In 2017 Microsoft will merge another conference into Ignite and shift the dates back for their annual developers conference.
Xamarin Updates and Channel 9 Learning Videos
These six sessions from last months Microsoft Connect():// 2016 Virtual Developers Conference will help you get started in cross platform development using Xamarin.
Learn more about the Cortana Intelligence Suite in one day Microsoft Virtual Academy Workshop
Machine Learning is becoming more readily available to developers and others to incorporate into their apps. Microsoft's Cortana Intelligence Suite is the Redmond companies connection into the vast amounts of ML data the company has access to through various data sources. Learn how to access that data in your own development/research work.
Making Ink a Key Part of a Universal Windows Platform Application
As more devices support inking capabilities, it is important that developers understand how to implement this key feature in their own UWP apps so that their users can take full advantage of the benefits that using Ink on Windows 10 can provide.
Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Community Toolkit Updated to Version 1.2
The latest update to the UWP Community Toolkit adds several new features and updates others.
Microsoft Developer News from Connect(); 2016
Microsoft announced a lot of developer related stuff this week from their Connect(); 2016 Developer Conference and we have a round up right here for you.
Visual Studio Code Version 1.7 Released with October Updates 1
Microsoft's Visual Studio Code is the companies free open source development platform that runs on Windows, Linux and Mac based devices.
Are Your Apps Ready for Windows 10?
Get your apps ready for Windows 10 with these tools and other resources
Ideas on how to implement Surface Dial in your Universal Windows Platform Apps
Sometimes we can find inspiration for new development ideas by seeing how others are doing similar work.
The Developer Connection with Microsoft Teams
The introduction of Microsoft Teams this week also opens up new opportunities for developers who would like to see their products available in the ecosystem. There are three key areas that developers can contribute in for Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft Updates Desktop App Converter Base Images and Documentation
Microsoft's tool for converting your existing Win32 apps to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) App so they can be included in the Windows Store for Windows 10 users has been updated.
Microsoft's Developer Perspective on this weeks #MicrosoftEvent in NYC
Microsoft is already laying the groundwork to support Windows developers so they can begin preparing the the Windows 10 Creators Update and the new Surface Dial accessory that was announced this week at #MicrosoftEvent
New Windows Developer Related Content from Microsoft 1
There are a few new resources from the Windows Developer team that we want to catch you up on this week.
Resources for Writing Clean Code as a Software Developer
December 14, 2016

Understanding code is paramount to being able to fix code IMHO.

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