Gone Mobile

Greg Shackles, Jonathan Dick

Gone Mobile is a podcast discussing the latest in mobile development, with a healthy bias towards Xamarin technologies. The podcast covers in-depth topics with guests ranging from Android, iOS & Windows development to mobile marketing and design, as well as other mobile or not so mobile related technologies.

All Episodes

It's been a few years since we've talked Couchbase on the show, so with their recent release of Couchbase Mobile 2.5 we thought we'd bring Robert Hedgpeth on to catch us up! Special Guest: Robert Hedgpeth.

Jul 2019

50 min 34 sec

You may know Eric Sink from the database syncing product Zumero, or perhaps the source control versioning system SourceGear. Now, Eric is building a platform for High School sports fundraising, and he's doing it in .NET. Special Guest: Eric Sink.

Apr 2019

44 min 10 sec

OutSystems allows you to do some pretty amazing things with Low to No Code. We talk to Stacey Levine about their platform to see just how much you an accomplish without coding! Special Guest: Stacey Levine.

Mar 2019

48 min 44 sec

Creating apps from spreadsheets? You bet! In this episode we're joined by Jason Smith and Mark Probst, formerly of Xamarin/Microsoft, to talk about their new endeavor called Glide. Glide's goal is to let you build beautiful, data-powered apps quickly and easily, so tune in to learn what it's all about! Special Guests: Jason Smith and Mark Probst.

Feb 2019

48 min 37 sec

We finally sit down with Leonardo and Diego from UXDivers to talk about their products GrialKit and Gorilla Player. GrialKit is a collection of Xamarin.Forms user controls, templates, pages, and basically a really simple way to make your app look great. Gorilla Player lets you live preview and hot reload XAML from your Xamarin.Forms products on a device or simulator. Special Guests: Diego Rivero and Leonardo Rodriguez.

Jan 2019

45 min 58 sec

It's been awhile since we've had a good F# discussion, so for our final episode of 2018 we decided to fix that. Join us as we talk to Jim Bennett about the latest and greatest in the world of F# and how it's becoming a better option than ever before for building mobile apps! Special Guest: Jim Bennett.

Dec 2018

52 min 50 sec

We discuss and recap some of the more interesting highlights from Microsoft Connect 2018.

Dec 2018

45 min 17 sec

Bryan can finally share what he's been working on, and "IoT" is full of .NET goodness! On this episode we talk to Bryan Costanich about Meadow, a new microcontroller where .NET is king. This isn't your typical microcontroller, give us a listen! Special Guest: Bryan Costanich.

Nov 2018

50 min 20 sec

Thomas Burkhart talks with us about what Flutter is, what it's like to program in Dart, and the pro's and con's of Flutter as a mobile development platform. Special Guest: Thomas Burkhart.

Oct 2018

51 min 31 sec

Building a business around software is hard work, and often it's hard to come across detailed advice from those who have dared to give it a shot. In this episode we're joined by Matthew Robbins, founder of MFractor, to talk about his experiences building a company around developer tooling, and what he's learned along the way. If you're curious to peek behind the curtain of building MFractor, this is the episode for you! Special Guest: Matthew Robbins.

Oct 2018

37 min 4 sec

Somehow five years have gone by since we last did an episode on ReactiveUI, so we figured it was time to fix that! In this episode we're joined by Kent Boogaart, author of the recently published book You, I, and ReactiveUI, and we dig into what ReactiveUI is, what's changed over the years, and why you should use it in your apps. Special Guest: Kent Boogaart.

Sep 2018

41 min 47 sec

Cheers to the creator of Untappd! We talk about the beer app's humble beginnings and how it grew into a keg-sized success. Find out how it's built, what the backend is like, and what new suds are to come! Special Guest: Greg Avola.

Aug 2018

1 hr 5 min

There's a lot of ways to go about setting up builds for your mobile apps, and a lot of things to consider when doing so. Thankfully, that doesn't mean it needs to be complicated! In this episode we talk to Dan Siegel about his experiences setting up builds for a lot of his apps, and the tools he created to make it easy to add to any Xamarin project. Tune in and learn how you can clean up your build process quickly and easily! Special Guest: Dan Siegel.

Aug 2018

33 min 15 sec

There are a lot of ways to build mobile apps out there, and Uno brings a fun new twist to the mix: leverage your UWP skills and code across iOS, Android, the web, and maybe more! In this episode we talk to Jérôme Laban about what drove them to create Uno, what it is, how it works, and how to get started bringing UWP to all new platforms! Special Guest: Jérôme Laban.

Aug 2018

47 min 20 sec

Frank is pretty much a machine himself, so we have him teach us the basics of Machine Learning and how he's been using it in his own apps! Listen to see how you can get started in Machine Learning with C# and .NET! Special Guest: Frank Krueger.

Aug 2018

48 min 54 sec

Long time Xamarin community member Filip Ekberg joins us to talk about how to succeed with Xamarin. Filip has been working on Xamarin since before it was Xamarin and has plenty of experience with success on the Xamarin platform and even some mistakes he's learned from. In this episode we talk about how new and experienced developers alike can be successful with Xamarin. Special Guest: Filip Ekberg.

Jul 2018

42 min 1 sec

In the world of API development, GraphQL has really been gaining some momentum in the last couple years...but what is it all about? In this episode we're joined by Glenn Block to dig into what it is, what it's not, how it compares to other API approaches and much, much more. If you're looking to cut through the noise and hear what GraphQL is all about, we've got you covered! Special Guest: Glenn Block.

Jul 2018

58 min 46 sec

If you're looking for the latest and greatest news from the Xamarin.Forms world, you're in luck. In this episode we welcome David Ortinau back to the show to talk about all the new updates to Xamarin.Forms since he was last on a year ago. Spoiler alert: there's a lot! Special Guest: David Ortinau.

Jun 2018

51 min 2 sec

In this episode we're joined by one of the original Xamarin pioneers, Bryan Costanich, to talk about what he's been up with Wilderness Labs! If you've ever been curious about getting started tinkering with hardware, or were intimidated by the idea, this is the episode for you. Join us as we dive into the state of the landscape, how Wilderness Labs is changing that space, and how it might be way easier than you think to start building your own connected devices! Special Guest: Bryan Costanich.

Jun 2018

41 min 19 sec

The boys are back! In this episode, Jon and Greg catch up on all the latest announcements that came out of the Microsoft Build and Google I/O conferences earlier this month. Looking for a crash course on what you missed? We've got you covered!

May 2018

51 min 22 sec

Greg has been working on a voice driven TV remote using his Amazon Echo (Alexa) and the Logitech Harmony Hub. As a guest on this episode, he talks about the infrastructure and technologies behind his solution to get TV listing information and automatically tune to events. Special Guest: Greg Shackles.

Jan 2018

55 min 21 sec

Jakub shares what he's learned using Xamarin to build the Azure App for iOS and Android. It's always interesting to see how real app developers are building real apps, the challenges they face, and tips and tricks for building our own apps. Special Guest: Jakub Jedryszek.

Jan 2018

48 min 22 sec

There are a lot of ways out there to build your mobile apps, and React Native offers an interesting way to take your React skills on the web and apply them to building fully native apps across plenty of different platforms. These aren't just hybrid apps running in a browser, so join us as we talk to Bonnie Eisenman about what React Native is, how it works, and how you can get started using it! Special Guest: Bonnie Eisenman.

Dec 2017

46 min 34 sec

Ionic is a framework that allows you to leverage web technologies to build apps for a wide range of platforms, in addition to providing related tools around building, deploying, and monitoring those apps. In this episode we talk to Justin Willis about what Ionic is, what it provides, and why you might use it to build your next app. Special Guest: Justin Willis.

Dec 2017

1 hr

At Microsoft's Connect(); conference in New York City we sat down with Gopinath C H to talk about Visual Studio Team Services. There are a lot of different components inside of VSTS, so we tried to talk through as many of them as we could and how they can help mobile developers build and maintain their apps. There are a lot of ways to build your apps, and VSTS makes a compelling case for choosing it. Learn how VSTS is being used inside of Microsoft (including for Windows itself!) and how it can help you build and release your apps! Special Guest: Gopinath C H.

Dec 2017

30 min 29 sec

Recorded at Microsoft's Connect(); conference in New York City, we welcomed Kirill Gavrylyuk back on the show to dig into CosmosDB. We talked about what it is, how it works, why you might use it, and much more. Listen in to learn about this exciting new database! Special Guest: Kirill Gavrylyuk.

Nov 2017

37 min 27 sec

While at Microsoft's Connect(); conference in New York we caught up with Joseph Hill to discuss all the latest and greatest announcements in the Xamarin world, as well as digging deeper into their new Live Player app. Want to get up to speed on all the latest announcements? Look no further! Special Guest: Joseph Hill.

Nov 2017

41 min 14 sec

Laura Laban is the CEO and founder of Infinite Flight, a popular flight simulator on mobile devices. In this episode, we talk with Laura about the history of Infinite Flight, its features, server infrastructure, where it's going and much more! Special Guest: Laura Laban.

Nov 2017

1 hr

SkiaSharp is a cross-platform 2D graphics API for .NET platforms based on Google's Skia Graphics Library that can be used across mobile, server, and desktop applications. In this episode we chat with Matthew Leibowitz and dig into what SkiaSharp is, how it works, and how you can get started using it in your apps. Special Guest: Matthew Leibowitz.

Oct 2017

44 min 19 sec

Have your cake and eat it too! Build scripts have never been so delicious. We're joined by Cake team members Gary Park and Mattias Karlsson to talk about the Cake (C#) build system, the history of it, and what it all can do. After listening to this episode we guarantee you'll definitely want to put some more C# in your build scripts with Cake! Special Guests: Gary Ewan Park and Mattias Karlsson.

Oct 2017

1 hr 10 min

Yes, we're talking about another MVVM framework today, but this one comes with a twist! In this episode we talk to Stanko Nikolic and Bojan Misic about OpenMVVM, an interesting framework they've been working on that combines Xamarin and C# with HTML5 and web views to create a flexible and powerful cross-platform app framework. Join us for a unique approach to cross-platform development with Xamarin! Special Guests: Bojan Misic and Stanko Nikolic.

Oct 2017

50 min 51 sec

It took a few years, but we finally did a show on MvvmCross! In this episode we're joined by Martjin van Dijk, one of the core maintainers of the project, to talk about where MvvmCross came from, what's new in it, and where it's heading! Special Guest: Martijn van Dijk.

Aug 2017

38 min 41 sec

Did you know that you can take your .NET code, including Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android views, even Xamarin.Forms, and reference them from native Objective-C or Java applications? In this episode we talk to Jonathan Peppers, an engineer on the team at Microsoft working on this sorcery, and dig into how it works and where it's going. It's a brave new world! Special Guest: Jonathan Peppers.

Aug 2017

34 min 25 sec

There is no shortage of options out there for doing error and crash reporting for mobile apps, but Bugsee takes a different approach, providing a more visual and deeper set of reporting and diagnostics. In this episode we talk to Alex Fishman, founder and CEO of Bugsee, and dig into what they're offering for mobile developers. Special Guest: Alex Fishman.

Jul 2017

33 min 7 sec

On this state of the Xamarin.Forms union, we are joined by long time Xamarin community member and now PM of the Xamarin.Forms team, David Ortinau. We discuss Xamarin.Forms becoming open source, XAML Standard, Forms Embedding (and Embedded Forms), Fast Renderers, and what's next for Xamarin.Forms. Special Guest: David Ortinau.

Jul 2017

57 min 7 sec

Some jobs are just mobile by definition, such as talent scouts for baseball teams. The Minnesota Twins organization recently decided to embrace this and built a new mobile app experience for their scouts to help make their jobs easier and allow for greater collaboration and coordination across the team. In this episode we put our personal baseball allegiances aside briefly to chat with Jeremy Raadt about the app they built, how they built it, and where they see it going in the future! Special Guest: Jeremy Raadt.

Jun 2017

40 min 16 sec

Heard of React Native but not sure what the hype is all about? We've got you covered! At Microsoft's Build conference we sat down with Ryan Salva and Joe Mellin from the Mobile Center team to chat through React Native, how it works, and how it compares to other approaches such as Xamarin. We also dig into the full app development lifecycle, and how React Native and Mobile Center can help you continuously deliver quality apps to your users. Special Guests: Joe Mellin and Ryan Salva.

May 2017

44 min 12 sec

Designing great mobile experiences is much easier said than done, but is critical to the success of an application. In this episode we sit down with Matt Lacey to talk through what makes a great app experience, as well as some practical approaches and patterns you can use to start to use to improve the experience for your users. Usability matters! Special Guest: Matt Lacey.

May 2017

44 min 24 sec

Chat bots are everywhere these days! While at Microsoft's Build conference we sat down with David Hamilton to talk about Microsoft's Bot Framework, and how it can help you start creating chat-based experiences for your users on a variety of platforms. We also take a look at his gigseekr service which leverages the Bot Framework, including a live on-air demo of interacting with it via Cortana! Special Guest: David Hamilton.

May 2017

34 min 55 sec

How do you prevent your app from shipping with preventable security vulnerabilities? This episode we talk to Martin Alderson of Codified Security about their automated Mobile App Security testing service. Special Guest: Martin Alderson.

May 2017

27 min 57 sec

In this episode we are joined by Rob Lyndon who is working on the Xamarin.Forms.Reactive.FSharp library. We talk to Rob about what Reactive programming is all about, and how it fits into mobile development. Rob goes into detail about what his library does, how it helps Xamarin.Forms developers, and why he created it. Special Guest: Rob Lyndon.

May 2017

50 min 3 sec

When it comes to developing and maintaining mobile apps there's a lot to think about, between building, testing, distributing, monitoring, and more. In this episode we dig into Microsoft's new Visual Studio Mobile Center, which provides a solution to many of these lifecycle concerns in a single place. Special Guests: Luke Kim and Simina Pasat.

Apr 2017

44 min 59 sec

Over the last few years the Internet of Things has taken over the world, but what is it and what can you do with it? In this episode we're joined by Amanda Lange to walk through what it is, what kinds of experiences you can enable, and how Azure can help you manage your devices and create applications. Special Guest: Amanda Lange.

Mar 2017

47 min 37 sec

The Flux architectural pattern has become increasingly common in front-end development, but did you know it's also applicable to mobile apps as well? In this episode we talk to Alex Dunn about Flux, what it is, why it's useful, and his experiences applying it to his Xamarin applications. Special Guest: Alex Dunn.

Mar 2017

38 min 15 sec

Ever wish you could automate more simple tasks in Xamarin Studio or Visual Studio for Mac? Matthew Robbins' MFractor Addin may be exactly what you're looking for with several enhancements designed to speed up the Xamarin.Forms developer experience. Special Guest: Matthew Robbins.

Jan 2017

39 min 2 sec

The App Store is a crazy place, so why not learn the ins and outs from someone who has been through it all? In this episode we sit down with Amir Rajan, developer of the hit game A Dark Room, to talk through his experiences building a successful game, backed by a mountain of data around metrics, revenue, and more. Special Guest: Amir Rajan.

Jan 2017

59 min 42 sec

Interested in trying out some mobile game development but aren't sure where to start? In this episode we talk to Brent Edwards about how he got started, and how CocosSharp makes it easy to dive in and start creating the next big hit game! Special Guest: Brent Edwards.

Dec 2016

54 min 22 sec

Deep linking is a great way to help provide engaging experiences for your users, but how do you get started? What can you actually do with deep links? In this episode we talk to Sahil Verma about deep linking and what Branch is doing to help app developers deliver personalized experience for their users. Special Guest: Sahil Verma.

Dec 2016

39 min 46 sec

Want to know what this whole serverless thing is about? Learn all about it and what you can do with Azure Functions from Donna Malayeri and Fabio Cavalcante! Special Guests: Donna Malayeri and Fabio Cavalcante.

Sep 2016

1 hr

In this episode we learn all about the Microsoft Graph API from Simon Jager, and how you can build your mobile apps on top of its offerings. Special Guest: Simon Jaegr.

Aug 2016

42 min 54 sec