Merge Conflict

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



233: Bluetooth is Mind-blowing!

December 21, 2020

James has finally discovered the magic of Bluetooth and is on an adventure of building his own app. On top of that he is investigating the wonderful world of IoT and Bluetooth combined!


232: AirPods Max, Apple Fitness+, and AR/VR Indoor Cycling

December 14, 2020

December surprise from Apple with some brand-new products and services dropping just in time for the holidays. Frank and James take a quick dip into Apple's new headphones, before heading into the world of home fitness and possibilities for app developers


231: No M1 Talk We Promise...

December 07, 2020

No, for real, we are completely done with the M1. No M1 talk here at all!


230: QA Testing M1 iOS Apps + 21% Raise for Frank!

November 30, 2020

It is time for lightning topics!!! We are here to break down 6 topics quick! We look at testing iOS apps on the M1 chip, Apple's new raise for all app developers, using C# 9 in Xamarin apps, top level programs, visual basic, and The Queen's Gambit!


229: Selling iOS Apps on M1 Apple Silicon

November 23, 2020

The time has come! We can finally start shipping and selling iOS apps on macOS devices powered by Apple M1 Silicon! We discuss all the pros and cons and things you probably didn't think you should be considering.


228: .NET Conf 2020 & Apple M1 Event Recap

November 16, 2020

This last week was crazy! .NET Conf 2020, .NET 5, Visual Studio 16.8, XAML Hot Reload 2.0, Xbox Series S/X launch, Apple M1 Events, and so much more!


227: Databases!

November 09, 2020

Let's talk about databases! SQLite, No-SQL, LiteDB, CoreData, and so much more! All the options!


226: Universal Custom Data Link Schemes

November 02, 2020

We are tweaking and tuning our apps past the beta summer with small fun quirks from Apple and Google.


225: Frank Got Catalyst for Xamarin.iOS Working!

October 26, 2020

You heard it! Frank Got Catalyst for Xamarin.iOS Working!


224: iPhone 12 is here with magnets!

October 19, 2020

That is right, we are back with another full breakdown of a lovely apple event. This time it is the Apple Homepod Mini and iPhone 12 event.


223: How App Updates Work

October 12, 2020

How to app updates work, what do you need to know, migrate, and hook into? Or do you need to at all?


222: Cool New Tech

October 05, 2020

Drone cameras, 3d printing with pens, google tvs, and so much more!


221: Swift on Windows, Clean Code, and iOS 14

September 28, 2020

Now back to our normally scheduled lightning topics with awesome listener suggestions including Swift on Windows, .NET Maui, Database selection, clean code, iOS 14, and more.


220: Apple Event Recap - Apple Watch Series 6 & New iPad Air

September 21, 2020

We are back with a full breakdown of last week's exciting Apple event. We break down all of the highlights around the new Apple Watch Series 6, watchOS 7, Apple Fitness+, Apple One, and the New iPad Air.


219: Move over float, it is time for Half

September 14, 2020

Is it possible for us to talk about a new floating point time in .NET for 30 minutes and make it super fun? Find out!


218: The One About Blazor

September 07, 2020

The time has finally come! We talk about our favorite new web framework, Blazor!


217: Frank's Custom Identity Service

August 31, 2020

Frank stands up against the entities of ASP.NET Core's built-in beautiful identity service powered by Entity Framework to do his own thing! How does it turn out? Tune in!


216: GaaS - GUID as a Service

August 24, 2020

Everything you ever wanted to know or didn't think you wanted to know about GUIDs aka UUIDs.


215: Model Intermediate Language

August 17, 2020

We are back to machine learning and artificial learning, taking a look at the latest and greatest in Core ML 4.


214: Switching from Android to iPhone

August 10, 2020

After 11 years James has moved from Android based phones to iPhone running iOS. Let's talk about the good, bad, and ugly of the transition.


212: Model-View-Update (MVU) - What, Why, How

July 27, 2020

It is all in the name - Model-View-Update (MVU) - What, Why, How


211: Failure To Launch

July 20, 2020

Fit & Finish! That is our topic this week and try to understand what is in Frank's way of shipping his app.


210: I Should Buy a Mac Mini Every Summer

July 13, 2020

Beta summers, favorite C# 9 features, best new cross-platform app frameworks, and USB-C on this week's lightning topics!


209: Working from Home

July 06, 2020

Work from home, work from office, work from coffee shop.... we discuss.


208: WWDC Detox + DTK Hype

June 29, 2020

Frank lost his phone, James bought an iPhone, and WWDC is over!


207.5: WWDC20 Recap

June 24, 2020

We are off to WWDC 2020! Or... watching the keynote from our house in quarantine. We break down all of the latest apple announcements from WWDC including macOS 11, iOS 14, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7!


206: IoT Build Status with BuildLight

June 15, 2020

Frank is off with another #holidayhack... in June with his BuildLight project!


205: Monetization

June 08, 2020

In episode 85 of running a business and building apps we discuss ads! Why your app and website should have them or maybe not and if so how to make money.


204: Going Freemium

June 01, 2020

When the app store first started paid apps were the standard, but now it is all about freemium and subscriptions. James walks through his latest dilemma with his Animal Crossing app and how he tried to figure out if he could profit from a freemium model.


203: Updating Open Source Projects

May 25, 2020

Sometimes life gets in the way and it takes a bit too long to update that OSS project. A few lessons learned from Frank on SQLite-net and some insight from James on his plethora of projects.


202: Let's Start a Business

May 18, 2020

So you want to develop apps.... or sell something... or do anything... you should looking starting an LLC or some sort of business. James and Frank walk you through their journey and James' recent battle with Apple.


201: Release It Already!

May 11, 2020

James struggles to release his app and walks through all of his fears while Frank tries to talk him into just clicking the button!


200: Have We Reached Peak Merge Conflict?

May 04, 2020

200 Episodes and still going! Thanks to all of our amazing listeners that have been with us from the beginning and the ones that are joining for the first pod!


199: Update, Rewrite, or Throw It Away

April 27, 2020

Frank is having a debate on whether he should update iCircuit to the latest bits or rewrite the apps with Xamarin.Forms. We discuss his options and James throws a bunch of crazy ideas his way.


198: Why Can't We Be Friends

April 20, 2020

Have you ever thought of creating your own social network? How about just having a friend system in your app? How would you implement it? How would you handle authentication? How would it all work? We discuss as James tries to implement it in his latest a


197: I Need a Website

April 13, 2020

Launching an app, you need a website, but you are an app developer. What to do?


196: Our Future Is Now

April 06, 2020

Frank's family enters the world of video conferencing, and so do we! We break down all the options and spiral into random topics because that is our lives now.


195: The Hanselman Machine Learning Model

March 30, 2020

We dive back into machine learning with more automagical ML. James tries to pull off some sentiment analysis for his app and we discuss a few options.


194: The Day The iPad Became a Laptop

March 23, 2020

It has finally happened! The iPad now has a trackpad and a mouse cursor!!! We discuss for fun!


193: UI Is Messy

March 16, 2020

Architecture, Data Binding, MVVM, MVC, MVU, Animations, ALL THE THINGS! It is all messy!


192: Getting Started with Live Streaming

March 09, 2020

Frank has entered the world of live streaming code!


191: An Odious Prime Deficient Number

March 02, 2020

It is lightning rounds this week on Merge Conflict!!! YAML, Git GUI, Blazor, AndroidX, .NET 5, and more!


190: The Creation of Appstat with Frank

February 24, 2020

Frank decided to do his holiday hack in mid-February and build an entire app in a weekend. What is it? What was his inspiration? How did he build it? How is he distributing and promoting it? We discuss on this weeks pod.


189: Enter the era of dual-screen development

February 17, 2020

It is all things dual-screen with Windows 10x, Surface Neo, and Surface Duo. We take a look at some of the awesome announcements from the last week and what it means for Xamarin developers.


188: Frank Teaches James Electricity

February 10, 2020

When we aren't programming we pretend to be electricians.


187: Blasting Off with Jupyter Notebooks

February 03, 2020

Frank goes deep on Jupyter Notebooks and James is oh so confused, but hey he got to fly some drones.


186: Hot Hot Hot

January 27, 2020

Everything is HOT! XAML Hot Reload, Hot Restart, Hot UI, Hot Hot, and the Hottest of the Hot and we discuss it all!


185: Frank Hates Dark Mode

January 20, 2020

We are back talking about designing beautiful applications that span both light and dark modes. While maybe he doesn't hate dark mode, he has great tips and tricks that we discuss to make your app pop.


184: Building 3D Apps with SceneKit

January 13, 2020

2D, 3D, VR, MR, all the things with SceneKit! Frank talks about his adventures into creating a full 3D application that IS NOT A GAME with SceneKit!