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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  • 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.

  • 138: Organized Productivity

    February 25th, 2019  |  40 mins 1 sec
    android, desk, developer, home office, ios, management, marie kondo, office, organization, work, xamarin

    When was the last time you completely tore apart your work space and optimized it for full productivity? We are talking about creating a unique, organized, and happy work office that you actually want to come to every day. We talk about our recent experiences in creating a great work at home experience.

  • 137: Tweaking UI to Perfection

    February 18th, 2019  |  41 mins 38 secs
    android, animations, art, design, desktop, ios, mobile, perfection, ui, user interface, xamarin

    Platform Design vs Custom Design? Fancy Animations? Hours of tweaking and tuning the user interface? Does that really make a great application? It is worth all the work that needs to go these small tiny details? We discuss!

  • 136: I Love PInvoke

    February 11th, 2019  |  39 mins 36 secs
    android, binding, c++, interop, ios, pinvoke, xamarin

    When you need to get something done, sometimes you have to write some C++. Or sometimes you have no choice because you were handed a C++ library and why not expose a beautiful C# layer to call form your mobile apps. Seems easy right? We take a look at the why, how, and struggles with doing so.

  • 135: Aspirational Office

    February 4th, 2019  |  44 mins 39 secs
    coffee shop, desk, engineer, office, programmer, standing desk, work from home, work life, xamarin

    Is working from home the future or is it just a pipe dream? What is the correct setup when it comes to equipment and what issues can you run into? This week we take a look at our own situation and discuss the positive and negatives.

  • 134: SQLite On The Server

    January 28th, 2019  |  37 mins 47 secs
    android,, dot-net, ios, nuget, server, sqlite, sqlite-net, xamarin

    It is the 10 year anniversary of Frank's SQLite-net library and he has some huge improvements and feature in store. We discuss the past, present, and future of SQLite across all of the different .NET platforms and how you can drop SQLite-net onto your server to simplify web apps!

  • 133: Indie App Marketing

    January 21st, 2019  |  33 mins 30 secs
    android, app store, apple, calca, ios, marketing, promotion, xamarin

    Frank has some totally rad news! Apple is maybe, perhaps, almost, promoting his app. This has us thinking of app marketing and promotion for not only launching an app, but also when launching new features.