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 Xamarin. 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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  • 153: Building Machine Learning Robots!

    June 10th, 2019  |  47 mins 29 secs
    android, boston dynamics, ios, machine learning, robots, xamarin

    Frank takes us on the wonderful journey of understanding robots, how to build them, how to program them, and how to build machine learning algorithms to make them even better!

  • Special Edition: WWDC19 Recap: Mac Pro, Project Catalyst, SwiftUI, iPadOS, & Security

    June 4th, 2019  |  1 hr 15 mins
    android, dark mode, hardware, ios, ios 13, ipados, mac pro, project catalyst, security, swiftui, wwdc, wwdc19, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    It is that time of year where Apple pulls out all the stops for developers and this year is no different at WWDC. There is a new watchOS, tvOS, iOS, dark mode, project catalyst, SwiftUI, Xcode updates, accessibility improvements, and so much more! We have you covered in this very special edition.

  • 152: Refreshing Hanselman.Forms - Visual, CollectionView, & Serverless Backend

    June 3rd, 2019  |  45 mins 24 secs
    android, collectionview, design, hanselman.forms, ios, material design, optimizing, visual, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    What does it look like to refresh a 5 year old app with the all of the changes in iOS, Android, and Xamarin.Forms? James walks through all of the UI and backend changes he has been making to fully optimize the app. Additionally, he walks through how he is using Azure Functions to revolutionize his backend.

  • 151: The Future of the Future of .NET

    May 27th, 2019  |  40 mins 9 secs
    .net, .net 5, android,, dot-net, dot-net 5, dot-net core, future, ios, xamarin

    At Microsoft Build 2019 the .NET team announced some amazing news around the unification of .NET runtimes with .NET 5. We could not let another week go by without talking about how awesome this is for .NET developers and what it means for the future of application development.

  • 150: We Have Lift Off

    May 20th, 2019  |  46 mins 18 secs
    android, career, di, hype, ios, windows, xamarin

    The lighting talk topics tradition is alive! We are answering your questions and commenting on your topics! 8 of them in total including how to keep up with Android, how we met, UI testing, figuring out if dependency injection really is hype, and how to land a job without a CS degree.

  • 149: .NET Powered Political Campaign

    May 13th, 2019  |  44 mins 59 secs
    android, campaign, ios, voting, xamarin

    It is official, Frank is running for political office. Since we don't talk politics on this podcast we get into the technology side of running for a seat on city council. What tools exist, need updating, or are missing all together. Frank fills us in on all the details.

  • 148: When App Developers Get Together

    May 6th, 2019  |  49 mins 10 secs
    android, app updates, ios, libraries, macos, nuget, visual studio, xamarin, xcode

    They talk about how they hate updating apps and all of the issues that they run into when it comes to code, libraries, OS updates, software updates, store changes, and support! Here we go again!

  • 147: I'm a Mac Developer!

    April 29th, 2019  |  45 mins 44 secs
    android, certificates, certification, entitlements, ios, macos, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    James is official a macOS developer thanks to Xamarin.Forms! He ported My Stream Timer over to macOS from WPF in a matter of hours and he gives a full break down of the good, bad, and the ugly.

  • 146: Dependency Injection, Inversion of Control, and HttpClientFactory

    April 22nd, 2019  |  48 mins 38 secs
    android,, dependency injection, di, extensions, ioc, ios, mobile, uwp, web, xamarin

    You read it right! James is going all in on DI and IoC... or is he? We chat about the pros, cons, and reasons why James hasn't gone all in for many years and why he has started to change his mind using the new Microsoft.Extensions.Host library!

  • 145: IoT Goes .NET Core

    April 15th, 2019  |  37 mins 34 secs
    embedded, iot, meadow, raspberry pi, windows iot core, xamarin, xp

    Let's enter the world of IoT with .NET! We take a quick stroll down memory lane, but blaze at lightning speed into the future of running .NET Core and the SDK directly on raspberry pi devices! The .NET team is hard at work enabling IoT scenarios and creating the "Xamarin.Essentials" for IoT connectors and devices with their first stop being GPIO. We don't stop there as we investigate where Windows 10 IoT Core fits into the .NET developer story!

  • 144: Package Up Those .NET Core 3 Apps

    April 8th, 2019  |  36 mins 38 secs
    .net core, dotnet core 3, msix, packaging, store, wpf, xamarin

    So long Desktop bridge and hello MSIX, the new hero of packaging and distributing Windows applications (and maybe more). James walks through his new .NET Core 3 WPF app and how he stumbled upon MSIX. We also discuss what the heck it is, the downsides, the upsides, and the future of packaging up apps.

  • 143: It's a Services Episode

    April 1st, 2019  |  48 mins 3 secs
    apple, apple card, apple tv, development, services, tv+, xamarin

    Apple steps out of its element to announce several new services and a... credit card? What does this mean for developers, consumers, and the future of Apple? We discuss it all.

  • 142: Super Speed with AOT & LLVM

    March 25th, 2019  |  40 mins 1 sec
    android, aot, c++, compile, il, ios, llvm, xamarin

    What about performance? How fast can C# possibly be on the iPhone? What if we told you it is a 1 to 1 and Frank can prove it as he wrote a way of compiling C/C++ code directly to .NET Standard and then measured performance of C to LLVM to IL to LLVM to Native! We discuss what this all means.

  • 141: Visual Studio 2019 HYPE

    March 18th, 2019  |  41 mins 41 secs
    android, ios, mac, updates, visual studio, visual studio 2019, xamarin

    HYPE HYPE HYPE! It is almost time for a brand new version of Visual Studio with awesome new features including a brand new editor on Visual Studio for Mac. We also look at source control, first run experience, C# 8, .NET Core 3, and so much more.

  • 140: Visual Dreams and WebAssembly Wishes

    March 11th, 2019  |  43 mins 43 secs
    android, apps, heroes, ios, languages, webassembly, xamarin, xamarin.forms

    It is time for more listener submitted lightning topics! This week we cover Xamarin.Forms Visual, how we start an app, WebAssembly wishes, career languages, and chat about people we deeply respect and admire.

  • 139: Foldables == Tablets on Demand

    March 4th, 2019  |  40 mins 31 secs
    android, android q, foldables, galaxy fold, hardware, ios, mate x, tablets, ui, xamarin

    Regardless if you want a foldable phone or not they are coming! In fact they are here today with new devices from Samsung and Huawei! We give our thoughts on the foldable revolution and their impact on mobile application development.