Build Phase

About the show

Build Phase is a weekly technical podcast discussing iOS development and design.


  • 39: Shitty As Intended

    May 27th, 2014  |  35 mins 41 secs

    This week, Mark and Gordon enumerate the contents of their WWDC14 wish lists and discuss the likelihood of none of them coming to fruition. The entire thoughtbot iOS crew (minus one) will be in San Francisco for WWDC week so be sure to get in touch at or @buildphase on or Twitter if you'd like to meet up!

  • 38: Not Just a Domestic Affair

    May 13th, 2014  |  33 mins 50 secs

    Mark and Gordon sit down after conferencing super hard at NSNorth 2014 to talk about their experiences in Ottawa, the conference itself, and the strange attitude towards technical talks in the Objective-C community.

  • 37: Assume You're Sharding

    May 6th, 2014  |  29 mins 23 secs

    Mark and Gordon discuss CoreData; the problems with an upside down persistence stack, and the circular process of trying to improve their implementations.

  • 36: No, We Don't Sing Or Anything

    April 29th, 2014  |  44 mins 28 secs

    Settling into a testing mindset when writing Objective-C is front of mind for this week's show. Gordon and Mark chat about potential pitfalls for TDD newcomers, using common sense when writing your specs and self-proclaimed Emperors of these United States.

  • 35: One Step Away From Breaking Everything

    April 15th, 2014  |  27 mins 27 secs

    Push notifications amirite?! This week Mark and Gordon commiserate about implementing support for push notifications and the state of third-party services which claim to help.

  • 34: Darth Brooks

    April 8th, 2014  |  29 mins 57 secs

    Container view controllers and clever DJ names are on the docket for this week's episode. Mark and Gordon discuss patterns for handling modal authentication views and other high level approaches to root view controller presentation.

  • 33: Objective-C Folklore

    April 1st, 2014  |  29 mins 39 secs

    The minutiae of initialization is the topic of this week's show as Gordon and Mark continue to refuse to get off Objective-C's lawn.

  • 32: Ed Bageley Jr.

    March 25th, 2014  |  38 mins

    Mark and Gordon have a riveting conversation about using C functions instead of class methods, and then move on to discussing KVO and how it can be used to cleanly wrap up some common interaction patterns.

  • 31: It Had A Good Run

    March 18th, 2014  |  39 mins 55 secs

    Mark and Gordon discuss some problems that were encountered during the release of Liftoff 1.1 and rail on bloated UIViewControllers for, like, 20 minutes.

  • 30: Rocket Fuel

    March 11th, 2014  |  45 mins 46 secs

    Gordon and Mark talk briefly about man pages and neck beards before discussing some of the decisions and reasoning behind the 1.0 release of Liftoff.

  • 29: Smoothies: A Private Affair

    March 4th, 2014  |  33 mins 35 secs

    Mark and Gordon discuss the goto fail bug, editing environments, and the magical properties of beards.

  • 28: Too Drunk To Ruck

    February 25th, 2014  |  42 mins 28 secs

    Gordon and Mark discuss static UITableViews, possible solutions for faking 3rd party APIs, and beta distribution.

  • 27: Valentimes Day

    February 18th, 2014  |  43 mins 20 secs

    Mark and Gordon discuss language differences between Ruby and Objective-C, custom View Controller transitions, and perform a crucial experiment to find out if you can still download Flappy Bird.

  • 26: Russia Is Watching You Shower

    February 11th, 2014  |  45 mins 24 secs

    Mark and Gordon discuss Threes, Flappy Bird (before it was cool/removed from the store), and Autolayout.

  • 25: Welcome To The New South

    February 4th, 2014  |  29 mins 57 secs

    Gordon and Mark talk about a number of issues around CocoaPods: their recent issues with the spec repo, the negativity in the community towards the project, the danger of violating Unix philosophy, and possible futures for the project if they were to get sherlocked by Apple.

  • 24: A Meat Sack Full of Impostor Syndrome

    January 28th, 2014  |  40 mins 43 secs

    Mark and Gordon talk about the hiring process at thoughtbot, using code exercises in the interview process, and how they manage to keep from being the smartest people in the room.