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Nintendo Dispatch 3.5: Do We Still Need the 3DS?
May 19 • 25 min
For this .5 episode James and Michael discuss the 3DS and whether or not it should still exist now that we live in a world with the Nintendo Switch. Whats the pros/cons for having Nintendo still support it and predictions for its future. Follow Us…
The V Spot: 021 – A Tankard of Rice
May 18 • 81 min
In this episode we cover one of the topics that we constantly talk about off the air…what is too much? When does activism become too extreme, and have some activists lost sight of what truly matters- changing peoples minds…also Dani covers her favorite…
Coffeehouse Blunders 56: Tiny Hands with Ryan Reynolds
May 17 • 47 min
Danny plans a date night for his wife and Ryan Reynolds while staying completely off the grid. Motz is on the hunt for the ultimate blender to make the perfect smoothie and worlds collide on Ninja madness. Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch, Chess.com Motz:…
Nintendo Dispatch 3.0: Launch Contest, Nintendo Switch Online, Splatfest, Monster Hunter, Minecraft, & Bloodstained
May 16 • 31 min
We are very excited to launch Nintendo Dispatch to the world and to kick things off right we're having an amazing contest with glorious prizes! Win a Waterfield Switch Cityslicker case or amazing Nintendo Switch games! We discuss the new details recently…
Trinspo 7: Travel F**k-Ups
May 15 • 27 min
Happy Cray May! Guest Sarah Murray discusses learning travel tips the hard way, gets real about food traveling, and discovers a deep truth while far from home. Show Notes Mapping Queer Space(s) of Praxis and Pedagogy Follow Us on Instagram, Facebook, and…
Merge Conflict 97: GitHub + App Center = 💖
May 14 • 42 min
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…
The V Spot: 020 – Rotten Ep. 2 Peanuts
May 11 • 31 min
Some of the best foods for people are some of the most deadly to others. In this weeks review of 'Rotten' episode 2- The Peanut Principle, Dani & Katt talk about the scary reality of living in a world that doesn't always cater to the various needs that…
Coffeehouse Blunders 55: Beam Me Up FIDE
May 10 • 42 min
It is time for some whiskey and some inter-galactic FIDE discussion as the election for the next FIDE president heats up. Danny and Motz give their thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story's record breaking pre-sale numbers. In addition to this they also share…
Nintendo Dispatch 2.0: Miitomo is Dead, Nintendo Gets Sued, & Nintendo Going Mobile
May 9 • 41 min
Nintendo has decided to shut down the Miitomo, Nintendo's first app. Nintendo is getting sued by Gamevice on the claim that the Switch design infringes on their patents. With the death of Miitomo and Nintendo creating a new IP for mobile, James and…
Trinspo 6: Luggage Check
May 8 • 30 min
Have you ever avoided baggage fees by wearing your luggage? Spring tells a hilarious story about a discount airline mishap, discusses the empowerment of being a solo female traveler, and gives insider knowledge of going backwards through security…
Merge Conflict 96: Throw Away All Architecture
May 7 • 45 min
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…
The V Spot: 019 – Rotten Ep. 1 Honey
May 4 • 39 min
Episode 1 of 'Rotten' is all about the honey industry. Dani & Katt discover that there's far more than meets the eye when it comes to how and what honey gets to your local farmers market, or the big box stores. Links:A Guide to Watching ‘Rotten’ on…
Coffeehouse Blunders 54: Danny Lives Inside the Soul Stone
May 3 • 40 min
It is a new week, which means there is a new Marvel movie out. We try to not talk too many spoilers while still giving our full impressions. Motz talks about his biggest movie blunders and Danny tries to convince himself he isn't in a real estate pyramid…
Nintendo Dispatch 1.0: Nintendo’s New President, Switch Success, E3 Schedule, & Labo Constructed
May 2 • 49 min
Big news in the Nintendo universe with the announcement that Tatsumi Kimishima will step down as president. A strong 2017 fiscal year thanks to the Switch's success. Nintendo looks to go big at this year's E3 with Super Smash Bros. and Splatoon. James…
Trinspo 5: Best Club Behavior
May 1 • 23 min
Steven reveals the best pro tip for choosing your next vacation locale and talks about the uniqueness and beauty of Croatia. Steven and Heather discuss modern clubs' strategies to keep you on your best behavior, artifacts of broken relationships, and why…
Nintendo Dispatch 0.0: Welcome to Nintendo Dispatch
May 1 • 89 min
Welcome to Nintendo Dispatch, your weekly Nintendo podcast where we break down the latest news, game releases, and happenings in the Nintendo universe. In this inaugural episode we introduce everyone to the podcast, review year one of the Switch, and talk…
Merge Conflict 95: Just Link It All Away
Apr 30 • 47 min
Using too many libraries and your app size is too big? Don't worry the linker is here to save the day! That is right the Mono linker and .NET Native are here to shrink that app and library size and can be highly customized. We take a look at why you would…
The V Spot: 018 – The Last Pig
Apr 27 • 86 min
On this weeks episode we talk about our feelings during and after our viewing of 'The Last Pig'…and there are LOTS of feelings! We also got to participate in a panel discussion with Allison Argo, Bob Comis, and Kathy Stevens- all of whom played a…
Coffeehouse Blunders 53: Solving Office Coffee and Tough Product Decisions
Apr 26 • 52 min
Motz is back from his adventures in Spain and re-unites with Danny to talk about his latest coffee gadgets that hopefully solves Danny's problems he is having while at work. At the same time Danny missed Motzy so much that he can't hold back his…
Trinspo 4: On the Road
Apr 24 • 36 min
Maria imparts stories from her career driving a truck for a living. Heather and Maria discuss the struggles of haggling, driving the wrong way on one-way roads, and people's worst behavior while driving. Follow Us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and…
Merge Conflict 94: Everyone Loves Architecture
Apr 23 • 48 min
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. Follow Us…
The V Spot: 017 – Avoca-don’t Hurt Our Planet!
Apr 20 • 76 min
Did you know?? It takes 1 gallon of water to make 1 almond? 400 years for plastic to degrade? This Earth Day Dani & Katt are talking about the price we pay for some of the things we use every day…and in pop culture corner- the most bizarre contest of all…
Coffeehouse Blunders 52: Amateur Hour with John Urschel (The Best Podcast Episode Ever)
Apr 19 • 45 min
While Motz is away, Danny chats coffee, blunders, and tech with… John Urschel. That is correct, the legendary mathematician and former NFL player John Urschel fills in for Motz on this amazing Blunders episode to talk the U.S. Chess Championships, Amateur…
Trinspo 3: A Story Worth 100 Euros, Pt. II
Apr 17 • 34 min
Xiao finishes the story of his first European journey, telling us about his two-day road trip to the Isle of Skye, the dress code for London football games, and crazy travel foods. Show Notes Xiao's Pictures Follow Us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter,…
Merge Conflict 93: Follow the Audit Trail
Apr 16 • 49 min
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…
The V Spot: 016 – Won’t You Be My Vegan?
Apr 13 • 75 min
This week it's a round table discussion with special guest Rachael Perry about using media as an activist outlet! Dani, Katt, and Rachael discuss celebrities using the spotlight to bring awareness to animal rights, and other social justice issues. They…
Coffeehouse Blunders 51: The New eSports: Chess & Zuckerberg
Apr 12 • 46 min
Danny is back from hosting the epic conclusion to this year's Pro Chess League and dishes out all the details. Motz has plenty of input on chess, coffee, but also Zuckerberg's 4.5 hour long senate hearing! We discuss all this and more. Follow Us Danny:…
Trinspo 2: A Story Worth 100 Euros, Pt. I
Apr 10 • 26 min
Guest Xiao Guo tells us all about his first Euro trip. In this episode, Xiao heads out for solo travel in the City of Lights, drinks a lot of Scottish whiskey, and castle mania. Show Notes Map of the Louvre Winston Churchill in Paris Follow Us on…
Merge Conflict 92: Writable Contiguous Memories
Apr 9 • 35 min
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! We also dive through James's not so optimized code to see how it could take…
The V Spot: 015 – Ouch! Conflict Stings!
Apr 6 • 82 min
Bee Venom Therapy…The Impossible Burger…Pre-maturely born babies…what do all of these have in common? All of them are surrounded by controversy for various reasons in the animal or human rights industries, and all of them are discussed in this episode.…
Coffeehouse Blunders 50: 50 Shades of Nonsense
Apr 5 • 42 min
That is right 50 episodes! We did it!!!! We reflect on the last year, what brought us to this point, and why we love each other so much. Motz breaks down Ready Player One with his full review, Danny is heading off to the Pro Chess League, and family stuff…
Trinspo 1: Hurry Up and Wait
Apr 3 • 35 min
Samantha and Heather discuss the parallels of life and travel. Samantha's trip to Copenhagen, love of cardamom, and time with hipster Danish sailors. The flight that changed origin country, and the sounds of a city. Show Notes Samantha's blog Cataloging…
Trinspo 0: From the Flight Deck
Apr 2 • 3 min
Welcome to Trinspo, a new travel podcast with a mission of inspiring travel via storytelling. This week we give an introduction to the podcast and to host Heather Walicki, as well as where to find us. Follow Us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and…
Merge Conflict 91: Game Development Chit-chat
Apr 2 • 49 min
James is back from GDC, the Game Developers Conference, and he has games on his mind! We take a look at the state of game development for .NET developers in 2018 and at some of the large announcements from GDC. James also sits down for our first interview…
The V Spot: 014 – Love Trumps Hate
Mar 30 • 76 min
This week Dani and Katt decided to get political and explore a lot of grey area after seeing on social media that someone can not have voted for Trump and be a vegan. It was another case for the vegan police to take away someones vegan card. But can't one…
Coffeehouse Blunders 49: The Struggle Is Real
Mar 29 • 52 min
Motz and Danny chat about Apple's new initiative to get the iPad into more schools, we break down the Pro Chess League and praise the hometown hero Caruana as he heads to take on our boy Carl! Danny also describe the state of premium chess learning that…
Merge Conflict: Special Edition: Apple’s Plan to Invade Classrooms
Mar 28 • 26 min
This week Apple announced their brand new plan for bringing the iPad to classrooms with a brand new cheaper iPad, new software, and a new SDK for developers to create content. We breakdown the entire event with our thoughts on if their plan will work.…
Merge Conflict 90: Going Reactive with Progressive Flutter Apps
Mar 26 • 48 min
Yes! Half way to 180 episodes! We are back for lightning talks covering not 6 but 7 different topics this week! We take a quick recap of web assembly, but jump directly into Flutter, React Native, source control, server-less computer, progressive web…
The V Spot: 013 – Compassion Fatigue
Mar 23 • 86 min
In this episode Dani and Katt about compassion fatigue. What is that? It’s the end result of moments, experiences- day in and day out that move us and affect us at our cores. They discuss some of the latest (and most upsetting) news stories, and when…
Coffeehouse Blunders 48: Nothing is Impossible
Mar 22 • 30 min
It has been a week and Motz has watched Actual Cannibal Shia Labeouf about 100 times, the Candidates tournament is in full swing, and the Pro Chess League is getting ready to enter the finals. We break down all of this and more. Follow Us Danny: Twitter,…
Merge Conflict 89: WebAssembly + Mono == .NET In Your Browser
Mar 19 • 44 min
You read that correct, you can now run .NET Code directly in your browser with WebAssembly and Mono and it is absolutely amazing. On top of that you can run Xamarin.Forms and ASP.NET applications directly in the browser without any plugins. Frank explains…
The V Spot: 012 – Raise the Flag
Mar 16 • 54 min
Join us for another documentary review- this time of 'Forks Over Knives'! We also get in touch with our domestic sides and talk about a little house decoration; curtains, drapes, rugs and flags…or is there more to it than that?? Producers Note: Sorry for…
Coffeehouse Blunders 47: #BulletJournal with Shia LaBeouf
Mar 15 • 42 min
The candidates tournament has officially kicked off and Danny gives his full impressions. We sidetrack to talk about Ikea trips, Hamilton, coffee drinking, and our love for Shia LaBeouf. Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch, Chess.com Motz: Twitter, Blog,…
Merge Conflict 88: Getting Hip to F#
Mar 12 • 51 min
It is that time of year to sit down and analyze F# and how absolutely awesome it is! Frank and James talk through some features that make it a delightful programming language. They also chat about the MVP summit, cool new features, and talk about their…
The V Spot: 011 – #rippleeffect
Mar 9 • 46 min
In this part two of our dish on dairy we're covering it all…a 'myth truths' website, some new companies making waves in the industry and one of our staple replacers who is having a real #rippleeffect on dairy (and our lives!) Links:Milk FactsChoose…
Coffeehouse Blunders 46: The 2018 Candidates Predictions
Mar 8 • 38 min
This week we go the deepest into chess then on any other episode as we sit down and give our predictions for the 2018 Candidates! As a bonus Motz and Danny give their full break-down (spoiler-free) of Black Panther. Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch,…
Merge Conflict 87: Cross-Platform Is So Easy I Don’t Even Have to Do It
Mar 5 • 40 min
Frank is ready to start his next app and he is completely skipping cross-platform development… or is he?!?! We investigate what to do with File->New and how to start the architecture for your next app. Why target the platform specific APIs instead of…
The V Spot: 010 – #milkfloods
Mar 2 • 59 min
Did you ever wonder what would happen if we didn't milk cows? We're here to tell you how one farmer thinks milk floods would be the result! Careful! (Also did you know cows would obviously take over the world if we didn't kill them for meat?!) This dairy…
Coffeehouse Blunders 45: Impress Your Partner Or Get Out
Mar 1 • 32 min
That is right! Motz finally sat down and watched Get Out! Danny is heading off to Costa Rica and we sip our buttery smooth cups of coffee. We also try to comprehend things we do not understand such as the Olympics, while Motz skips the Olympics and goes…
Merge Conflict 86: Containerized Pod Development
Feb 26 • 39 min
"It works on my machine" is a statement of the past with containers! Docker, Kubernetes, Pods, Registries, Swarms, and Spheres! So much to learn and so much awesome. This week we break down what containerized development truly means, what it is good for,…
The V Spot: 009 – A Can of Inspiration
Feb 23 • 66 min
From a 5 course vegan dinner for Valentines Day to a trip to Austin, Texas and running errands to pick up more superhero supplies- this week we've done it all! Movies, tv commercials, and more pop culture discussion than ever before await you amidst our…
Coffeehouse Blunders 44: Black Panther and Digestible Pleasures
Feb 22 • 41 min
Motz makes the world's most expensive key lime pie, Danny recalls a thanksgiving to remember, we reflect on the new Mario movie, and Danny breaks down his thoughts on Black Panther. We also talk a lot of family talk to see if James is the worst uncle of…
Merge Conflict 85: All I Want To Do Is Multi-Target
Feb 19 • 42 min
It is 2018 and we are so over Linked Files, Portable Class Libraries, or Shared Projects cluttering up our libraries. In fact we only need ONE project to target every platform that .NET supports. It is time to multi-target the world! We take a look at…
The V Spot: 008 – It’s Not So Great
Feb 16 • 82 min
Not every moment can be the positives…with the light there must always be the dark, and in this episode some of the darker main stream current topics are discussed. When everyones eyes are on the olympics- what is happening a mere 2 hours away? Those…
Coffeehouse Blunders 43: Happy Heavy Falcon Landing Day
Feb 15 • 38 min
Love is in the air and boosters are landing themselves back on earth! This week we discuss what we have done and will be doing for our loved ones, how amazing the SpaceX landing was, and how Danny is the happiest man on earth with his new coffee…
Merge Conflict 84: Accidental Web Developer Podcast
Feb 12 • 41 min
Did we just become web developers? This week we slip over to the ASP.NET Core side of things as we build out web apps with Razor Pages, Ooui, and all sorts of C#/.NET goodness. We discuss the ups and down of getting started with web development and how…
Coffeehouse Blunders 42: Sports Ball Solo Bowl
Feb 8 • 44 min
That is right! There is a new Star Wars movie and we absolutely have to talk about it. Solo: A Star Wars Story we are coming for you. We don't stop there as we break down big upcoming chess tournaments, drinking local coffee, and review our super bowl…
Merge Conflict 83: Fear of Breaking the World
Feb 5 • 44 min
We have way too many open source projects and NuGet libraries which are used by thousands of developers, which is awesome, but means we get really scared when we change anything! We discuss when and how we decide when to push that release out. Frank…
The V Spot: 007 – Healthy Innuendo
Feb 2 • 56 min
First and foremost we believe in taking care of yourself, because only you truly know what you need to feel good day in and day out. It's time to hit The V Spot and come join us as we discuss health and protein, throw around a few innuendos, and review…
Coffeehouse Blunders 41: I’m Sore Right Now: Old Man Stories
Feb 1 • 32 min
Motz pulled all of his lower back muscles and could barely move, Danny looks back at when he fumbled and got schooled by a pre-teen, and we discuss proper at the office coffee. Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch, Chess.com Motz: Twitter, Blog, GitHub Music…
Merge Conflict 82: Broken Backs and Updating Apps
Jan 29 • 42 min
It is 2018 and both iOS 11 and Android O are in full swing on tons of awesome and new devices. What does that mean when you want to update your apps? We walk through what we have been up to in the last few weeks to bring our apps up to date. This includes…
Coffeehouse Blunders 40: You Were The Chosen One
Jan 25 • 45 min
It took us a month, but we are finally ready to discuss all things The Last Jedi! In this spoiler cast we discuss the ups and downs of the latest Star Wars epic. On top of that Danny finally started watching Stranger Things! We get his first impressions.…
Merge Conflict 81: It Takes Two to Debug
Jan 22 • 50 min
When something goes wrong, it is time to debug! Or maybe first we should write logs? Maybe we should use the intermediate window? Or perhaps write a unit test? We discuss our pro tips for debugging when something goes wrong. We also take a quick detour…
The V Spot: 006 – Potpourri
Jan 19 • 39 min
Bullies, food network, and odd hand gestures- what do these things all have in common? This episode of course!! We're all over the place with this one because we have a lot to say, and it appears as though it has little in common. But that's just how we…
Coffeehouse Blunders 39: Ballistic Missile Dodgeball
Jan 18 • 43 min
That is right! Motz took a 48 hour surprise trip to Hawaii only to be surprised by a ballistic missile crisis! Danny talks werewolf and the Pro Chess League and a whole lot more. Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch, Chess.com Motz: Twitter, Blog, GitHub…
Merge Conflict 80: It’s Your Fault We Couldn’t Name This Episode
Jan 15 • 40 min
We are not lawyers! However, we both have our own LLCs. We explain why on this lightning talk week and also tackle your questions around performance, .NET Standard, CSS in Xamarin.Forms, and technologies we think are worth investing in. SUPPORT US ON…
Coffeehouse Blunders 38: Ready Player AlphaZero
Jan 11 • 36 min
Motz is still getting into the swing of things in 2018 & Danny tries to tackle his first cold of the year. We discuss what it would be like if Danny became a pro football player, how Motz is tackling the gray of Seattle, and thoughts on Ready Player One.…
Merge Conflict 79: Frank Justifies His iMac Pro
Jan 8 • 43 min
We kick off the new year by not knowing what to do, what to talk about, or just about anything. All we know is Frank has taken the plunge on the new iMac Pro, so why not have him justify it and discuss when is a good time to update your development…
The V Spot: 005 – #20GREATteen
Jan 5 • 49 min
Welcome to 2018, or as we call it 20Great-teen! We're starting the year off with a bang by discussing our respective holiday experiences, the month of Veganuary, while touching briefly on feminism- not to mention just a bit of flirtation that comes up.…
Coffeehouse Blunders 37: The Mysterious Case of the Vanishing Bag
Jan 4 • 48 min
Both Danny and Motz snuggle up at home playing board games while they wait for the New Year ball ball to drop. Motz has a grand adventure attempting to find his long lost checked bag all while Danny tries to figure out how to interview chess players.…
Merge Conflict 78: This One is Actually Good
Jan 1 • 51 min
Happy 2018! We made it, so let's recap the best in tech, development, life, coffee, and so much more that happened in 2017. We expose out top picks of the year and of course what we are looking forward to in 2018. Follow Us Frank: Twitter, Blog, GitHub…
Merge Conflict 77: `dotnet pack holiday`
Dec 25, 2017 • 43 min
In this holiday special we thank our listeners by getting to all of your great questions that you have been asking about python, Visual Studio, DevOps, and so much more. We discuss our holiday hacks that we plan on doing this year along with how we have…
The V Spot: 004 – What’s Vegan Got to Do With It
Dec 22, 2017 • 54 min
Vegan + Non-vegan = ? On this episode you'll find our answer to the equation of relationships between vegans and non vegans, some shout outs to those allies (and just all around good people!) in our lives, some advice on general relationships, and the…
Coffeehouse Blunders 36: We’re Going to Disneyland
Dec 21, 2017 • 36 min
Surprise! We are going to Disneyland! Well Danny is literally at Disneyland for this special holiday episode! We discuss Disney magic, roller coasters, how Motz still hasn't seen Star Wars, and the delicious taste of hotel coffee. Follow Us Danny:…
Merge Conflict 76: We Can’t Solve Everyone’s Problem
Dec 18, 2017 • 46 min
When having SQLite isn't enough for James he has to go try to solve offline data caching again with Monkey Cache. We discuss why this open source library happened, where it is going, what are best practices for data caching, and so much more. We also…
Coffeehouse Blunders 35: AlphaZero Meets Laser Dome
Dec 14, 2017 • 39 min
That is right, we are back at it again with more AlphaZero machine learning madness. That isn't all though as Motz hits up the local laser dome, Danny has to make hard cuts, and Star Wars is coming to town. Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch, Chess.com…
Merge Conflict 75: The Hello World of Video Production
Dec 11, 2017 • 41 min
Have you ever thought about coding to a live audience? How about producing video content such as How-To guides? We discuss what goes into this long process, what equipment is needed, and several tips and tricks on this weeks pod. Follow Us Frank: Twitter,…
The V Spot: 003 – You Can Sit With Us
Dec 8, 2017 • 48 min
In Episode 3 we ask the important questions…Do you have to break up with your favorite vegan brand if they're bought out by a big omni company? Is Ruffles the new enemy of tofurkey and vegans everywhere? As well as the most important question of all…where…
Coffeehouse Blunders 34: AlphaZero Takes Over The World
Dec 7, 2017 • 44 min
No more underscores in your username chess.com says! AlphaZero is destroying the world of chess and Motz is meowing with wolves out in New Mexico. Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch, Chess.com Motz: Twitter, Blog, GitHub Music : Amethyst Seer - Ouija by…
Merge Conflict 74: App Distribution, the Hard Way
Dec 4, 2017 • 36 min
How do you get your app into your testers hands? App Center, TestFlight, HockeyApp, Google Play, E-mail? So many options exist, but how do you do it right and get testers signed up fast. We take a look at all the options and some tools fastlane offers.…
Coffeehouse Blunders 33: Working for Danny
Nov 30, 2017 • 45 min
What would a day in the life of Danny's executive assistant be like? How would one hold such an honor and get this exclusive job? Danny breaks it all down on this weeks episode. We also review the brand new Avengers… we mean Justice League movie and chat…
Merge Conflict 73: Program Language Evolution
Nov 27, 2017 • 37 min
Keeping up with different operating systems is hard enough, but how do you keep up with all of the new awesome features in C#, Swift, and all of the other amazing languages out there? We discuss how we do it and what is new in C# 7.1, 7.2, and take a…
The V Spot: 002 – It’s Against the Rules!
Nov 24, 2017 • 51 min
Katt and Dani discuss getting their vegan cards revoked, as well as Dani's friend card and Katt's musical card. Shaming, bullying, thrifting, cookies, bivalves, and doing what you can. Also pumpkin pie. Producer's Note: For the record it is 100% my fault…
Coffeehouse Blunders 32: Being Thankful for Carl
Nov 23, 2017 • 34 min
It is our very first holiday spectacular! Danny and Motz spend Thanksgiving together, talking life, Carl, chess, and how to properly attend an OTB chess game! Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch, Chess.com Motz: Twitter, Blog, GitHub Music : Amethyst Seer -…
Merge Conflict 72: Xamarin.Forms on the Web
Nov 20, 2017 • 36 min
Xamarin.Forms on the web? XAML powering your ASP.NET applications? How can this be so? Well with Frank's new Ooui library the life long dream is now a reality. While still early on, developers are loving it! We discuss where it came from and where it is…
Coffeehouse Blunders 31: Ambidextrous Coffee Grinding
Nov 16, 2017 • 41 min
This episode almost didn't happen! Motz is off presenting around the globe and Danny has been crushing Chess and Twitch, but that didn't stop these two from more coffee, tech, and chess! Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch, Chess.com Motz: Twitter, Blog,…
Merge Conflict 71: Continuous Everything with DevOps
Nov 13, 2017 • 42 min
James is on a DevOps kick after going on tour with Donovan in South America and he wants to automate everything! It is different this time as he wants full control with Visual Studio Team Services and he even wants to manage his own build machines! Is he…
The V Spot: 001 – Go There and Bring Food… or Not
Nov 10, 2017 • 42 min
The inaugural episode of The V Spot.
Coffeehouse Blunders 30: Title Tuesday Madness
Nov 9, 2017 • 45 min
Danny puts out fires with his good friend Magnus as Title Tuesday's biggest event gets off to a bumpy start, while Motz is back from his long voyage from Latin America and has plenty stories to be told. A quick follow up on the December coffee dripper and…
Merge Conflict 70: Cloud $$$$
Nov 6, 2017 • 34 min
It is that time of the year once again! That is right, lightning talks on Merge Conflict. We cover 6 different topics submitted by your, our listeners, in under 30 minutes! This week we discuss IoC, Dependency Injection, Cloud service costs, release…
Coffeehouse Blunders 29: Bidet Best Practices
Nov 2, 2017 • 35 min
This week Danny and Motz go a bit off the deep end and off topic on all things bidets, Halloween, cross-fit, and the intricacies of the Marvel universe. Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch, Chess.com Motz: Twitter, Blog, GitHub Music : Amethyst Seer - Ouija…
Merge Conflict 69: Copy Pasta
Oct 30, 2017 • 34 min
When is the right time to fork a repository and send a pull request for feature request? Or is it better use a submodule in your own repository? Or maybe just copy and paste the code into your solution? We discuss all the possibilities. Follow Us Frank:…
Coffeehouse Blunders 28: My One Friend Cuba Gooding Jr.
Oct 26, 2017 • 44 min
This week Danny walks us through is legendary 30 seconds of directing a film staring My Friend CGJ, Motz breaks down a proper date night, and we can't shut up about foreign languages. We also break down some listener feedback on how to improve your chess…
Merge Conflict 68: Throw Some XAML In It
Oct 23, 2017 • 38 min
We know how to share our business logic between our applications, but what about some of the user interface. We aren't talking Xamarin.Forms, we are talking cross platform views in native iOS, Android, and Windows apps. What type of architecture is needed…
Coffeehouse Blunders 27: Where In The World
Oct 19, 2017 • 49 min
Both Danny and Motz are off jet setting across the globe, but that doesn't stop them from playing amazing board games, drinking coffee, and play tons of chess! Danny finally fills us in on his dispute and win over Microsoft and Motz runs frantically…
Merge Conflict 67: Surviving a Hackathon
Oct 16, 2017 • 42 min
In a quick follow up, James finally breaks down and learns how to properly learn the profiler. This last weekend Frank & James participated and helped organize a mobile app hackathon for charity. What went right? What went wrong? And will they ever do…
Coffeehouse Blunders 26: The Last Jedi
Oct 12, 2017 • 52 min
A new week, a new podcast format, a brand new Coffeehouse Blunders! We kick off episode 26 with a brand new format but with all the great coffee, tech, and chess that you know and love from Motz and Danny. This week Danny turns 32, Motz is back from his…
Merge Conflict 66: Drawing Pixels with SkiaSharp
Oct 9, 2017 • 45 min
Google announces a slew of new products including the brand new Pixel 2, which means James has finally place an order for a new phone. We break down the full Pixel event, but go deeper into our topic of the week of 2D and 3D cross-platform drawing…
Coffeehouse Blunders 25: An Acquired Adorable
Oct 5, 2017 • 44 min
Motz travels to France to experience the finest food and drink, Danny tries to stay sane with his kids fall break, and Magnus continues his world domination! Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch, Chess.com Motz: Twitter, Blog, GitHub Music : Amethyst Seer -…
Merge Conflict 65: Worst Plan Ever
Oct 2, 2017 • 48 min
A quick follow up on Frank's Hot-dog or Not app he tried to create in a week? After that we take a look at what it takes to completely plan an actual application by yourself or with a full team. We discuss our management style, tools we like, and how we…
Coffeehouse Blunders 24: Analyzing Wizard’s Chess
Sep 28, 2017 • 46 min
Four player chess goes viral, Motz tries to remember what he did last weekend in Chicago, and Danny attempt to find that perfect life/work balance. All this and more chess, tech, and coffee goodness on this week show including an analysis of Wizard's…
Merge Conflict 64: Machine Learning as a Service
Sep 25, 2017 • 39 min
If we aren't talking about machine learning then we are talking about machine learning on Merge Conflict! This week we go through several services and resources to find out what exactly it takes to build hot dog or not! We review several free and paid…
Coffeehouse Blunders 23: Championship Championship
Sep 21, 2017 • 41 min
With the announcement of the Computer Chess Championship are chess engines set to take over the world?!?! How is Danny enjoying his new coffee setup, and will Motz be allowed to enter Brazil when he heads out there in a few weeks? Follow Us Danny:…
Merge Conflict 63: Who Needs a Phone Anymore
Sep 18, 2017 • 60 min
It is that time of the year when Apple unveils all of the brand new toys for consumers and developers. Sure everyone is talking about the new iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K , but what about the launch of Xcode 9, iOS 11, and watchOS 4? We…
Coffeehouse Blunders 22: The King & Rook Swapperoo
Sep 14, 2017 • 49 min
Danny finally has the near perfect coffee setup with the help of Motz and his coffee obsession. Motz is getting ready to travel the entire world, while Danny couldn't be more excited about the Isle of Man and our main man Carl Magnuson getting ready to…
Merge Conflict 62: Snacking on Android Oreo
Sep 11, 2017 • 52 min
We have survived the beta summers and Android 8.0 Oreo is finally out with a plethora of beautiful APIs. We discuss all the delicious bits of this lovely release for both developers and end users. From enhanced notifications, picture-in-picture, and tons…
Coffeehouse Blunders 21: A Manventure with Banana Dan
Sep 7, 2017 • 45 min
What a week! It is the start of the Chess World Cup, aka the largest chess event of the year. Danny crushes it in some four player chess and now has access to some of the best coffee making tools thanks to Motz. That is right, Motz finally delivers on his…
Merge Conflict 61: Getting to the Core of ARCore
Sep 4, 2017 • 37 min
We just can't get enough of augmented reality and the awesome new SDKs that are being created for developers to use. This week we discuss Google's attempt for Android and web developers with ARCore. Follow Us Frank: Twitter, Blog, GitHub James: Twitter,…
Coffeehouse Blunders 20: Glamp It Up!
Aug 31, 2017 • 44 min
Summer is coming to a close, but chess is rocketing to all new heights just like Motz is on his first ever Frontier airlines flight. All this while Danny takes to glamping. Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch, Chess.com Motz: Twitter, Blog, GitHub Music :…
Merge Conflict 60: Hacking Frank’s Apartment
Aug 28, 2017 • 35 min
We are back with lightning talk week here on Merge Conflict. We cover 6 awesome topics in 30 minutes! This week we look at C# 8, Bottom Navigation on Android, Hacking Frank's Apartment with Serverless Compute, and so much more! Follow Us Frank: Twitter,…
Coffeehouse Blunders 19: A Total Eclipse of the Heart
Aug 24, 2017 • 43 min
It is total eclipse week and both Motz and Danny survived without staring into the sun for too long. Danny locks in some speed chess championship while Motz reminds everyone to donate their solar eclipse glasses. Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch,…
Merge Conflict 59: Managing Open Source Projects
Aug 21, 2017 • 52 min
This week we take an inside look at what it takes to actually maintain an open source project or in James' case 50 open source projects. How do you handle issues, PRs, CI, and how to stay sane when that blue GitHub notification bubble will never go away!…
Coffeehouse Blunders 18: We’ll Take 3 Draws
Aug 17, 2017 • 49 min
The wait for Kasparov is over! This week he is back in full force at Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz and we take a look at the early results. All of this is happening while Motz is zooming around on a new eBike, Danny steps up his computer game, and we take a…
Merge Conflict 58: Dealing with Rejection
Aug 14, 2017 • 42 min
It is that dreaded time in every iOS developers life when you get that rejection notice from app store because you broke one or eight of the App Store guidelines. This week we look at how to deal with these rejections and how to handle phone calls with…
Coffeehouse Blunders 17: Chess Is Like Mario Kart
Aug 10, 2017 • 44 min
This week Danny explores the wonderful world of at home ground coffee, playing blitz with giant chess pieces, and why his kids are awesome. Motz on the other hand is trying to beat the Seattle heat and explores the world of AI. Follow Us Danny: Twitter,…
Merge Conflict 57: Let’s Learn the Machines
Aug 7, 2017 • 47 min
Why bother with ARKit when you can learn all about the machines with CoreML! This week we explore all the goodies that apple has for us in iOS 11's CoreML. We also attempt to demystify exactly what is machine learning and how to get started. Follow Us…
Coffeehouse Blunders 16: Ergonomically Inappropriate
Aug 3, 2017 • 38 min
School is in full swing for Danny's kids and Motz has gone completely overboard on organizing his home office and it feels great. On top of that we discuss robots and trash talking chess players! Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch, Chess.com Motz: Twitter,…
Merge Conflict 56: Take on ARKit
Jul 31, 2017 • 51 min
Apple has blessed us with a beautiful API for augmented reality with ARKit and this week we investigate all of the awesome baked in, what you can and can't do with it, and look at all the awesome things people are already building. Follow Us Frank:…
Coffeehouse Blunders 15: Establishing the Norm
Jul 27, 2017 • 49 min
The speed chess championships are in full effect and Danny is all in, while Motz is aimlessly walking around trying to catch Pokémon in Pokémon Go! We tackle awesome listener feedback and chit chat about trying to find a home and the TI-83+ calculator…
Merge Conflict 55: Mac vs PC
Jul 24, 2017 • 50 min
It is that age old debate… Mac vs PC! What is the most optimal operating system for development, what are the ups and downs of each, and what are our favorite tools to keep us productive regardless of where we are working. Follow Us Frank: Twitter, Blog,…
Coffeehouse Blunders 14: Nakamura Live
Jul 20, 2017 • 37 min
Hikaru Nakamura takes center stage list streaming non-stop blitz for the world to see, all while our very own amazing Danny breaks 2500 for the first time and Motz reveals his new love of Oats Studios. Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch, Chess.com Motz:…
Merge Conflict 54: Dropping in on the iPad
Jul 17, 2017 • 47 min
iOS 11 is packed full of awesome with machine learning, augmented reality, and a full file system, but who cares about that? Let's talk about our new favorite feature: Drag & Drop! This week we dive into why drag and drop matters, how it is implemented,…
Coffeehouse Blunders 13: Chess Camp
Jul 13, 2017 • 45 min
Prime Day has ruined Motz's week, while Danny records live from lovely hotel conference rooms in Tucson as he leads a chess camp. In addition to all this Chess Center is back and there is a big focus on Blitz! Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch, Chess.com…
Merge Conflict 53: Document All The Things
Jul 10, 2017 • 57 min
It has been said that if feature has not been documented, than it might as well not exist. It could not be more true from our findings and this week we finally take a look at all things documentation! We also get to your listener feedback and debate the…
Coffeehouse Blunders 12: The Return of Kasparov
Jul 6, 2017 • 39 min
Happy 4th of July! Excitement for fireworks aren't the only thing happening this week as Magnus is back in the meme light and Motz gets to the theater to fall deeply in love with Baby Driver. Danny gets pumped up about amazing upcoming events in the chess…
Merge Conflict 52: Bug Fixes and Improvements
Jul 3, 2017 • 47 min
Will Frank ever update his apps in the app store? When, how, and what all should go into that super important app update that your users are expecting. We investigate what has changed for us and the app stores in the last year. How about open source…
Coffeehouse Blunders 11: Doing Alright
Jun 29, 2017 • 49 min
Magnus crushes at the Paris Grand Chess Tour while Maurice crushes his spirits shortly after, just like Danny's spirits were crushed when someone stole his laptop this week. We get the full low down of the crazy situation that happened in the airport on…
Merge Conflict 51: The Core Developer Experience
Jun 26, 2017 • 39 min
.NET on Linux? Yes we can, with .NET Core! This week we tackle what it is like to developer for the server and the web using the new fancy Core tooling with .NET Core and ASP.NET Core. Frank stress tests .NET on Linux servers with the ultimate button…
Coffeehouse Blunders 10: When in Oslo Do As Magnus Does
Jun 22, 2017 • 45 min
Danny goes big downhill on a tricycle for Father's day all while Motz is still still attempting to recover from visiting the motherland of Magnus! We take a look at the upcoming Pro Chess League changes, how Chess.com broke the internet with big numbers,…
Merge Conflict 50: We Have Standards
Jun 19, 2017 • 37 min
It is that time again, lightning talks! We cover 6 different topics in under 30 minutes! This week we talk coding standards, documentation, E3, app reviews, and so much more! Follow Us Frank: Twitter, Blog, GitHub James: Twitter, Blog, GitHub Music :…
Coffeehouse Blunders 9: The Xbox Whaaattt???
Jun 15, 2017 • 43 min
This week we take a look at the life of Magnus, from the start to world champion as we watch his documentary. It is also E3 week with tons of technology and video game blunders that Motz and Danny investigate. We also answer listener feedback on what is…
Merge Conflict 49: The Magic of MVVM
Jun 12, 2017 • 43 min
We are back to talk architecture with MVVM, that is right Model-View-ViewModel, and all of the awesome stuff that comes along for the ride with the fantastic frameworks available. Before we talk about those frameworks, we go through why we love MVVM…
Coffeehouse Blunders 8: Troubleshooting Chess Openings
Jun 8, 2017 • 50 min
Motz attempts to master the Ruy Lopez while sipping some pod based glorious espresso all while Danny experiences Amazon Prime Now for the first time ever! Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch, Chess.com Motz: Twitter, Blog, GitHub Music : Amethyst Seer -…
Merge Conflict: Special Edition: WWDC 2017 Recap
Jun 8, 2017 • 79 min
WWDC has come to a close and we are here to fill you in all the news from the largest Apple Developer event of the year. From iOS 11 and amazing new machine learning APIs, to brand new mac hardware to start development on, to yes renaming in Xcode 9, we…
Merge Conflict 48: Frank Mocks Interfaces
Jun 5, 2017 • 37 min
To create design time data or not to create design time data, that is the question? Or is it better to mock out all of your interfaces or say heck let's code straight to the API end points? When you are developing a large project and desire the…
Coffeehouse Blunders 7: Who Took My Cookie?
Jun 1, 2017 • 45 min
This week Motz finds out exactly what a mating net is, learns how to fly in a seaplane without crashing, and how Danny is surviving the first week of summer vacation with his children. All of this while Motz stumbles upon his new crazy and addition,…
Merge Conflict 47: You Got Some F# in My C#
May 29, 2017 • 54 min
C# 7 is here! The most functional version of C# to date with pattern matching, tuples, local functions, and so much more! This week we break down every single new feature and let you know what we love and what we think is just okay. Follow Us Frank:…
Coffeehouse Blunders 6: What Happened to Bobby Fischer?
May 25, 2017 • 44 min
Guillotine chess, roasting coffee at home, and understanding the craze and addition to spinners and fidget cubes, all while Danny preps for the Speed Chess Championship. Motz asks an IM: What Happened to Bobby Fischer? Follow Us Danny: Twitter, Twitch,…
Merge Conflict 46: Building the Xamarin Live Player
May 22, 2017 • 47 min
The dream of continuous deployment and debugging your Android and iOS apps from Visual Studio with nothing more than a device is now a reality. We talk shop on what the Xamarin Live Player is and how we built it. Frank goes into the inner workings of his…
Coffeehouse Blunders 5: The Rising Spanish
May 18, 2017 • 50 min
It is back to the basics as Danny explaining the classic Ruy Lopez opening that Motz has heard and seen so much of and why it is so popular. We get a robovac update, security patches, and find out why it is so important to teach new players chess. Follow…
Merge Conflict 45: Build 2017 - No More MSBuild
May 15, 2017 • 61 min
The past few days at Microsoft Build 2017 have been filled with wonderful news for .NET and Xamarin developers. On this weeks pod we have a full recap of the event, announcements, and a few predictions. Additionally, we deep dive into a few stand out…
Coffeehouse Blunders 4: Carl Magnuson
May 11, 2017 • 49 min
This week we discuss Amazon's announcement of the Echo Show and all of the always listening devices around the house. Motz picks up a brand new robot vacuum that may or may not simplify and clean the house. We then discuss just how much you can make as a…
Merge Conflict 44: I Love Callbacks
May 8, 2017 • 41 min
This week we tackle the TPL, that is right, the Task Parallel Library. We dive into one of our favorite features of C# and .NET, async/await programming. We take a walk through memory lane to talk about thread pools, completion handlers, locks, and just…
Coffeehouse Blunders 3: Learning Through Communicating
May 4, 2017 • 43 min
Everything doesn't always go right, but when it does you need to communicate. Danny and Motz reflect on a tough week on the job and how they stepped back, reflected, and apologized. Motz is back from Cuba with a full breakdown of the adventure had and…
Merge Conflict 43: DevOps for the Solo Developer
May 1, 2017 • 42 min
DevOps, that is right Developer Operations, all the things that you don't want to do manually, so you automate them! This week talk about build, test, and deploy for all of your mobile applications and .NET libraries. As solo developers it all seemed like…
Coffeehouse Blunders 2: If You See Something, Say Something
Apr 27, 2017 • 40 min
This week Danny breaks down Chess Country and the Speed Chess Qualifiers, while Motz attempts to rationalize his addition to watching April the Giraffe. We take an odd turn and break down our favorite Star Wars movies and attempt to figure out if Motz…
Merge Conflict 42: Code Coverage == Quality
Apr 24, 2017 • 44 min
It's everyone's favorite topic… TESTING! That is right we tackle the world of unit testing, code coverage, user interface testing, acceptance testing, and so much more. Even though Frank and James are solo developers and there may not always be time to…
Coffeehouse Blunders 1: The Perfect Coffee Stirrer
Apr 20, 2017 • 54 min
Motz is on the hunt for the perfect coffee stirrer for his Chemex, while Danny attempts to figure out how to handle his 12 year old Nash and his first "relationship" and takes a swim with the Sharks. Welcome everyone to Coffeehouse Blunders, your weekly…
Merge Conflict 41: Print me up, Scotty
Apr 17, 2017 • 44 min
Is 3D printing poised to change how we prototype and build parts and full machines or is it just another toy? Both Frank and James have been long time 3D printing advocates and with prices coming down to consumer friendly levels it seems like it is a…
Merge Conflict 40: Setting Expectations
Apr 10, 2017 • 37 min
It's that time again… Lightning Talks!!! Every 10th episode here on Merge Conflict we take a look at our list of topics and what our listeners have submitted and pick six different topics that each get five minutes of coverage. This round we take a look…
Merge Conflict 39: Parsing Palindromes
Apr 3, 2017 • 43 min
It's time to tune or developer skills by leveraging some amazing coding challenges that teach us exactly what are linked lists again? We share the best resources we know on coding questions and share our experiences from past interviews of what you should…
Merge Conflict 38: One Library to Rule Them All
Mar 27, 2017 • 53 min
It is finally time for .NET truly to be EVERYWHERE! This week we investigate the dream of .NET Standard libraries, one library that can be shared in any .NET application. We take a look at the concept, implementation, tooling, and mix in our analysis of…
Merge Conflict 37: TLS - How Do You EVEN
Mar 20, 2017 • 51 min
It's time to go down the rabbit hole of networking to investigate the ins and outs of Transport Layer Security (TLS) and how it impacts your apps. James walks Frank through his latest issues with APIs requiring TLS 1.2+ and how was able to debug the…
Merge Conflict 36: Sorry iPhone 4
Mar 13, 2017 • 41 min
When and how should you drop support for a specific device or operating system? We talk about the market today and how we handle it in our own apps. We also dive into specifics around what types of hardware architecture to support and how that impacts…
Merge Conflict 35: Security Through Obscurity
Mar 6, 2017 • 40 min
It's time to talk code security when developing applications to try to stop people from stealing our precious code and apps. We discuss the different methods we have used to attempt to obfuscate our code and the tools we use to peek into our own code.…
Merge Conflict 34: Developing for macOS
Feb 27, 2017 • 56 min
It is time to tackle the other desktop and brush up on our struts and springs as when investigate the ins and outs of macOS. If you know iOS development your are primed to make your next great desktop macOS application, it is way easier than you think!…
Merge Conflict 33: Prepping for Disaster
Feb 20, 2017 • 42 min
Is your data ready for a complete disaster? We discuss why you should be caring about backing up your data and how to easily get started. No matter if it is just a few photos, your entire business documentation, or the most important source code in the…
Merge Conflict 32: Building “Super” Computers
Feb 13, 2017 • 40 min
Everyone should build their own computer! This week we cover the ins and outs of building your own "Super" computer from scratch. We discuss where we got started building our own computers and what keeps us inspired to keep building them after all these…
Merge Conflict 31: One UI to Rule Them All
Feb 6, 2017 • 46 min
Cross-platform user interface? Pipe dream or reality? Frank and James debate the Pros and Cons of Xamarin.Forms, an open source cross-platform user interface library from Xamarin. We discuss performance, look and feel, alternatives, and if we really…
Merge Conflict 30: The One with No Conflicts
Jan 30, 2017 • 39 min
It's lightning talks week here on Merge Conflict. We cover six topics in under thirty minutes! We take a look at topics that have been on our minds for a while and from our listeners. On this week's lightning talks episode we take a look at iMessage Apps,…
Merge Conflict 29: What Developers Ought to Try in 2017
Jan 23, 2017 • 37 min
What better way to start 2017 than a crash course in fun new things for developers to start playing around with. We pick out our favorite topics that developers ought to know to try out in 2017. We look at new interactive ways of designing and building…
Merge Conflict 28: Demystifying In-App Purchases
Jan 16, 2017 • 52 min
What does it take to enable and test In-App Purchases in your application? We cover the ins and outs of each step in the process. We walk through the different reasons why you may want to consider adding IAP, what is available, and how to simplify your…
Merge Conflict 27: Coding Around the Globe
Jan 9, 2017 • 43 min
Frank is off traveling the world, but that hasn't stopped him from coding on the road. This week we take a look at being productive while away from home including the software and hardware to stay light and productive, how to get internet away from the…
Merge Conflict 26: A Pinch of PHP and a Dash of JS
Jan 2, 2017 • 37 min
Even though we love our world of C# sometimes we have to adventure into the great unknown to get things done. This week James and Frank explore new languages, new IDEs, and brand new services as they explore ways to finish their #HolidayHacks and try out…
Merge Conflict 25: #HolidayHacks
Dec 26, 2016 • 37 min
The holidays are here and it is time to do some holiday hacking on things we wish we could have done this year. On this weeks episode Frank and James discuss their past Holiday Hacks and what they plan to accomplish before 2017 arrives. We want to hear…
Merge Conflict 24: Everyone Needs Extensions
Dec 19, 2016 • 44 min
We love our IDEs and live in them most of the day, but it is sure is nice to reach into their extensible frameworks and add even more productivity. On this weeks show we chat about why there is a need for extensible IDEs, how you can extend them, and how…
Merge Conflict 23: ORM or Bust
Dec 12, 2016 • 54 min
Object-relational mappings, you can't live with them and can't live without them so you have probably written your own by now. When you out grow built in settings and need a database an ORM is a must and we decipher the need and implementations. Links &…
Merge Conflict 22: Designing Apps the Developer Way
Dec 5, 2016 • 38 min
This week we take a look at how we design mobile applications based on your questions from Twitter. We discuss designing for multiple platforms including the choice to design for the platform or use a custom app design. What are users expecting from the…
Merge Conflict 21: Always Be Profiling Code
Nov 28, 2016 • 40 min
We seem to be addicted to refactoring code, but what about checking in on CPU and Memory performance and usage with profiling? This week we take a look at the desktop and mobile tools available to developers to diagnose their applications and code to…
Merge Conflict 20: Lightning Talks Round 2
Nov 21, 2016 • 36 min
It is lightning talk week on Merge Conflict as we cover six different development topics in under thirty minutes. Each topic gets just five minutes of back and forth debate before moving on to the next. This week's topics include the recent Connect();…
Merge Conflict 19: Home Automation API Integration 2.0
Nov 14, 2016 • 42 min
James has gone and purchased a Google Home and now thinks he can fully automate his entire house, but can he wrap his developer mind around the new world of IoT in his home and get it all playing together? With so many devices and so many APIs where do…
Merge Conflict 18: Ads + ? == Profit
Nov 7, 2016 • 41 min
Users and developers are overwhelmed with options to monetize their mobile applications. With so many strategies, how do you know what to pick and what will work for your apps? James recently when through the tough choice between creating a paid app,…
Merge Conflict 17: Live Coding - The Ultimate Performance
Oct 31, 2016 • 41 min
Frank is off to deliver a technical presentation in London and James is here to help with his Tips and Tricks on presenting code. We have a lively discussion about submitting, accepting, and actually delivering the technical presentation including some…
Merge Conflict 16: There Will Always Be Room for Nintendo
Oct 24, 2016 • 34 min
Nintendo has announced Switch, their new hybrid portable game console. What does this mean for mobile games, what are the opportunities for developers, and where to get started. We take an in depth look and pick apart Nintendo's new console and the…
Merge Conflict 15: Bots Bots Bots
Oct 17, 2016 • 36 min
Bots are the new conversational user interface that integrates with the most popular apps that we use. This week we discuss where to start, what options are available, what is the future? Whether it is a cross platform bot framework or something specific…
Merge Conflict 14: Stumbling into VR
Oct 10, 2016 • 37 min
This week Frank and James stumble into a whole new world of virtual reality with new devices, SDKs, and a whole lot of fun. Virtual Reality is becoming much more interactive with motion tracking devices introduced with the HTC Vive and new controllers…
Merge Conflict 13: Let’s Talk About Bugs
Oct 3, 2016 • 43 min
Let's be honest, no one writes perfect code and those sneaky bugs find their way in. Frank and James take a look at mitigating and managing bugs and how to properly get feedback from their users. What can be added into your application to notify users…
Merge Conflict 12: Surviving Beta Summers
Sep 26, 2016 • 38 min
It is new OS season, the best time of year and yet the worst time of year. This week we cover how we survive and preparing for the end of the end of beta summer. We take a look at what steps we take to prepare for the latest releases including when to…
Merge Conflict 11: Lightning Talks Round 1
Sep 19, 2016 • 33 min
It is lightning talk week on Merge Conflict as we cover six different development topics in under thirty minutes. Each topic gets just five minutes of back and forth debate before moving on to the next. This week's topics include markdown, asynchronous…
Merge Conflict 10: Wireless. Effortless. Magical.
Sep 12, 2016 • 58 min
Did someone say new Apple hardware? This week we discuss Apple's new phones, watches, accessories, and even a brand new Mario game from Apple's September 7th event. It was also much more then hardware with some exciting announcements around watchOS 3 and…
Merge Conflict 9: Welcome Onboard
Sep 5, 2016 • 39 min
The first time users launch your app is the most important time users launch your app. This week we discuss what goes into a great onboarding experience to win over users in just a few seconds. We take an in depth look at why and how some hardware…
Merge Conflict 8: Navigating the SyntaxTree Forest
Aug 29, 2016 • 40 min
Interpreting is Easy, Compiling is Hard, and Linking is even Harder. This week Frank and James investigate what actually happens when you hit that compile button. Frank is a compiler addict and James loves trying to understand how the linker works, but…
Merge Conflict 7: Is Code Sharing Worth It?
Aug 22, 2016 • 39 min
Building cross-platform apps sure isn't easy, but code sharing sure helps, but is it worth it? How and when should you share code across a single app and across all apps that you are developing. What to pick? Share projects? Portable class libraries? .NET…
Merge Conflict 6: Debugging the Daily Process
Aug 15, 2016 • 38 min
There is constant influx of notifications from Slack, e-mail, text messages, and news alerts. This week we discuss how to keep productivity high even with all this going on. We cover some of the tips and tricks that we use to stay organized as developers…
Merge Conflict 5: Programming Languages: Gotta Collect ‘em All
Aug 8, 2016 • 32 min
C# and F# and Go! Oh my! There are just so many lovely programming languages to learn, but where to start? This week we take a look at some ways of what worked for us and what didn’t. James as of recent has been trying to wrap his head around F# a…
Merge Conflict 4: How Not to Maintain a Server
Aug 1, 2016 • 40 min
This week Frank & James discuss the importance of a great local experience, server maintenance, and Apple’s amazing iCloud. We take a look at what it takes to make an application that is cloud connected and what services are available to developers so we…
Merge Conflict 3: Your First Open Source Project
Jul 25, 2016 • 48 min
What happens after that Initial Commit to GitHub? This week on Merge Conflict we discuss how we go about start new repositories on GitHub. Did you know that README.md file is the most important file in your repository? We talk about how and what should go…
Merge Conflict 2: Augmented Reality #PokemonGo
Jul 18, 2016 • 38 min
Pokémon Go and its augmented reality pocket monster capturing has taken the world by storm. This week we discuss if AR has finally hit critical mass and general acceptance. Frank and James also debate over what exactly AR is and how the Hololens, Oculus…
Merge Conflict 1: Build up to an app release
Jul 11, 2016 • 47 min
You have spent months or years developing an app, but now you are at that last 5%. Frank & James walk through the last steps before launch day. We take a look at how to prepare for that final submission to launch day including what sort of documentation,…
Merge Conflict 0: Merge Conflict
Jul 11, 2016 • 25 min
Welcome to Merge Conflict, A weekly discussion around all things development, technology, and more. This week we kick things off with an introduction to the Merge Conflict podcast and it's hosts Frank Krueger and James Montemagno. Links & Show Notes…