Merge Conflict

Join Frank & James for a weekly discussion on the world of technology and development including C#, F#, .NET, web, mobile, and more.

About the show

Merge Conflict is a weekly discussion with Frank and James on all things development, technology, & more. After years of being friends, Frank and James finally decided to sit down and start a podcast about their lives as mobile developers using C#, Xamarin, and .NET MAUI. Much more than just another mobile development podcast, Merge Conflict, reaches all areas of development including desktop, server, and of course mobile. They also cover fun things happening in the world of technology and gaming and whatever else happens to be on Frank's and James' minds.

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  • 107: App-Centric vs Developer-Centric

    July 23rd, 2018  |  31 mins 53 secs
    app development, app-centeric, developer-center, ghost, ooui, performance, web development, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    We tackle a listener submitted topic this week of how we make decisions between performance, frameworks, and convenience when building applications. It is an interesting question when choosing a framework or library and their trade-offs.

  • 106: We Know Nothing About Anything

    July 16th, 2018  |  39 mins 26 secs core, dot-net, dot-net core, ghost, gulp, handlebars, machine learning, ml,,, web development, xamarin

    We get a little crazy this week and dive into three topics that we know almost nothing about. First up is a little web development for Ghost with gulp, handlebars, and sass. Then we dive into more machine learning with ML.NET and wrap up with our new favorite way to read in streams with Pipelines. To be honest, we do know something about them and think they are super cool, so you should check them out.

  • 105: Marzipanifying Apps

    July 9th, 2018  |  36 mins 33 secs
    appkit, apple, development, ios, macos, marzipan, mojave, uikit, wwdc, xamarin

    The time will soon be upon us that we can start shoving all of our UIKit based applications on to macOS! What a glorious day that will be once Apple opens up those APIs to developers... or perhaps that day is today with a few hacks! We discuss everything we love about Marzipan and the potential that it has on our applications, frameworks, and the industry.

  • 104: Learning From Our Users

    July 2nd, 2018  |  51 mins 38 secs
    analytics, app center, crash reporting, devops, mobile, monitoring, vsts, xamarin

    This week we are diving into one of the final parts of DevOps, which is continuous monitoring and learning about our apps and our users. Frank has gone all in on integrating crash reporting and analytics into his apps and we discuss his outcome.

  • 103: .NET Everywhere with Miguel de Icaza

    June 25th, 2018  |  42 mins 33 secs
    android, console sharp, dotnet, future, ios, microsoft, miguel, mono, uwp, webasembly, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    What more do we need to say? We sat down with Miguel de Icaza to pick his brainabout the past, present, and future of .NET. Miguel gives his insights into where the entire industry is moving and why GUI based console applications are so important. This is a legendary episode that you do not want to miss.

  • 102: Mono.Cecil, Linker, and Unity Updates with Jb Evain

    June 18th, 2018  |  45 mins 38 secs
    android, core, game development, ios, linker, mono, mono.cecil, standard, summer of code, unity, uwp, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    At Microsoft Build 2018 we sat down with the legendary Jb Evain. The man behind libraries and technologies we use every day including Mono.Cecil and the Mono linker itself. We discuss all this and his passion for creating the Visual Studio tools for Unity and everything new that Unity has to offer.

  • 101: GitHub Acquired & WWDC 2018 Fully Recapped

    June 11th, 2018  |  1 hr 5 mins
    acquisition, android, apple, arkit, coreml, github, ios, ios 12, iphone, machine learning, metal, microsoft, tvos 12, uwp, watchos, wwdc, wwdc 2018, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    What a way to start June! GitHub was officially acquired by Microsoft and Apple started off it's developer conference by announcing tons of great new software updates and developer APIs. We break down each and every juicy bit.

  • 100: Rambling Our Way Through 100 Episodes

    June 4th, 2018  |  1 hr 5 mins
    100, android, how it all started, ios, merge conflict, podcast, thank you, uwp, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    We did it! 100 episodes of Merge Conflict! Somehow with your support Frank and James rambled their way through nearly two years of podcasting. We celebrate with questions from our listeners, some inside info on the podcast, chit-chat about how we started, and a contest!

  • Merge Conflict 99: Inclusive App Design & Seeing AI with Saqib Shaikh

    May 28th, 2018  |  39 mins 17 secs
    accessibility, android, apps, brail, inclusive, inclusive design, ios, seeing ai, touch, uwp, visual studio, windows, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    We got to sit down with the legendary Saqib Shaikh, Team lead for Seeing AI, to talk about creating inclusive software for everyone. Saqib also shared insights into how Seeing AI was created and where it is going next.

  • Merge Conflict 98: Machine Learning for Space Exploration with Paige Bailey

    May 21st, 2018  |  41 mins 49 secs
    ai, android, computers, data analytics, ios, machine learning, pluto, programming, python, r, space, space travel, star trek, uwp, west world, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    We sit down with the world famous Paige Bailey to discuss the state of machine learning and its impact on space exploration as well as on the coral reef. We of course get into artificial intelligence and how it is impacting every industry out there and we let Paige fill in all the pieces.

  • Merge Conflict 97: GitHub + App Center = 💖

    May 14th, 2018  |  42 mins 10 secs
    android, app center, github, ios, microsoft build, uwp, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    We are live from Microsoft Build 2018 with Nilofer Rajpurkar from App Center and Steve Winton from GitHub to discuss the new partnership between Microsoft and GitHub and how they are making mobile app developers' lives better with new integrations for continuous integration.

  • Merge Conflict 96: Throw Away All Architecture

    May 7th, 2018  |  45 mins 59 secs
    android, architecture, data, ios, mvvm, ui, ui driven development, uwp, ux, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    We love architecture, but we also hate architecture... so throw it all away! This week we take a look at UI Driven Development to get stuff done! We chat on the reasons why, the positives, the negatives, and what James and Frank both have built using this approach all in very little time.

  • Merge Conflict 95: Just Link It All Away

    April 30th, 2018  |  47 mins 45 secs
    android, aot, app size, dot-net native, ios, jit, linker, mono, progaurd, uwp, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    Using too many libraries and your app size is too big? Don't worry the linker is here to save the day! That's right the Mono linker and .NET Native are here to shrink that app and library size and can be highly customized.

  • Merge Conflict 94: Everyone Loves Architecture

    April 23rd, 2018  |  48 mins 25 secs
    android, architecture, flutter, frp, functional reactive programming, immutable ui, ios, mvvm, react, redux, uwp, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    MVVM, Functional Reactive Programming, Redux, Reactive, or just straight up code behind! There are so many options out there and has been a huge debate. We sit down and discuss some architecture including Frank's latest experiment: Immutable UI.

  • Merge Conflict 93: Follow the Audit Trail

    April 16th, 2018  |  49 mins 45 secs
    android, cd, ci, cross-platform, documentation, essentials, ios, libraries, release, uwp, visual studio, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    It is time to release some "real" software and "real" production libraries. We discuss the steps we take to release our libraries out into the wild including a full audit trail of APIs, code, docs, and tons of tiny little things that are easy to skip. We have a blast this week and think you are going to love it.

  • Merge Conflict 92: Writable Contiguous Memories

    April 9th, 2018  |  35 mins 30 secs
    android, c#, c# 7-2, dot-net, dot-net core, ios, memory, span, uwp, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    It may be our geekiest podcast yet as we somehow chat about the new Span and Memory value types in C# 7.2 and all the optimized goodness that they bring to .NET applications!