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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  • 249: A Beautiful Disaster

    April 12th, 2021  |  33 mins 45 secs
    andorid, apple, ar, google glass, ios, mr, vr, wwdc, xamarin

    WWDC 21 is officially happening and we sit down to speculate on what we think will be announced and reflect on some of our favorite tech devices we have been able to program on.

  • 248: Satisfying Business Requirements

    April 5th, 2021  |  48 mins 2 secs
    android, ios, winform, wpf, xamarin

    Yes, this is the most boring title ever, but this podcast episode isn't!

  • 247: Generating UI with GPT-3

    March 29th, 2021  |  54 mins 52 secs
    code generation, gpt-3, xamarin, xaml

    Frank goes hands on with GPT-3 for the first time and basically puts himself out of a job as he has it create his entire app for him. We discuss.

  • 246: Breaking out of the Desktop App Sandbox

    March 22nd, 2021  |  39 mins 7 secs
    app store, apple, ios, m1, mac book, macos, store, uwp, xamarin

    Putting apps into the app store is amazing, but the frameworks limit your ability as an app developer to do certain things on the desktop. We discuss how to keep long running processing going and breaking out of that sandbox with some great APIs.

  • 245: Doubling Down on Cross-Platform Development

    March 15th, 2021  |  40 mins 50 secs
    .net maui, android, dotnet maui, ios, maui, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    .NET MAUI may be on the way, but Xamarin.Forms 5 is here today! We discuss the journey and what is next.

  • 244: Introduction to Microservices

    March 8th, 2021  |  41 mins 47 secs
    azure, compose, docker, microservices, mobile, xamarin

    We are ready to enter the world of Docker and Microservices.... but first what is a microservice? What is a container? An image? Why is all of this important? We discuss.

  • 243: Lessons Learned - 3 Years of FuGet

    March 1st, 2021  |  41 mins 40 secs
    android,, fuget, ios, nuget, open source, packages, xamarin

    It has been nearly 3 years since Frank launched the pro NuGet package browsing website. A lot has happened and he reflects on the last 3 years and talks about lessons he learned and what he would change.

  • 242: Mac Backups, Store Promotion, & Multi-Window Apps with SceneDelegate

    February 22nd, 2021  |  49 mins 4 secs
    android, backup, ios, macos, multi-window, promotion, scenedelegate, xamarin

    No topic is off limits this week as we talk about testing IAP on mac with mac backups, awesome store promotions coming Frank's way and how to build awesome multi-window apps for macOS and iOS and the new SceneDelegate.

  • 241: Goodbye DTK, Hello Mac App Development

    February 15th, 2021  |  50 mins 15 secs
    android, dtk, ioa, m1, mac, macos, xamarin

    Apple finally lets us return our DTK units with a nice surprise and both Frank and James double down on bringing their apps to macOS!

  • 240: Stonks, Robots, and Cross-Platform IAP

    February 8th, 2021  |  38 mins 20 secs
    android, gamestop, ios, lomo, robots, stock market, stonks, xamarin

    Wow! What do we even talk about this episode?!?! Who knows, but it is super fun as we have lightning-fast lightning topics talking about what the heck is happening on the stock market, Frank's next robot, and listener questions!

  • 239: Planning an App Release

    February 1st, 2021  |  46 mins 15 secs
    android, app release, app store, icircuit, ios, island tracker, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    It is not Franks' turn to get his next app into the app store. We take a look back at what went into it's creation, his choices for monetization, and thoughts on what needs to happen leading up to the main release.

  • 238: Island Tracker - The Final Chapter

    January 25th, 2021  |  47 mins 6 secs
    android, animal crossing, app store, freemium, ios, island tracker, paid apps, turnips, xamarin

    We have come to the epic conclusion of James's app Island Tracker, his Animal Crossing app for tracking turnip prices with friends. He is ready to roll out his freemium version of the app while upgrading all of his existing customers and updating the backend.

  • 237: Bot Awesome

    January 18th, 2021  |  37 mins 21 secs
    android, bot handy, bots, ces, ces 2021, ios, robots, samsung, xamarin

    CES 2021 has come and gone and we break down our favorite announcements around robots!

  • 236: Supporting Your Customers

    January 11th, 2021  |  45 mins 9 secs
    android, app store, customer support, google play, ios, reviews, support, xamarin

    Customer support is hard to do right, and app support is even harder. How do you get your users to contact you with proper information before they give you that 1 star review. We discuss our journey into improving our support system in our mobile apps.

  • 235: Holiday Hack Success!

    January 4th, 2021  |  48 mins 2 secs
    android, cadence, development, esp32, ios, lidar, xamarin

    We did it! We finished (mostly) our holiday hacks, so tune in to figure out what we did!

  • 234: Goodbye 2020! Let's ship some apps!

    December 28th, 2020  |  1 hr 15 mins
    2020, android, app store connect, bluetooth, ios, my cadence, test flight, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    As 2020 comes to a close it is time to hustle to try to try to squeeze in app releases. James talks about this latest creation, My Cadence, and how he was able to get the app onto the app store within 1 week and how he ported it to Android in 1 day!