Quick Fix: Run C# Code on Linux with Mono
Running C# (or C-Sharp) on Linux is pretty trivial unless you depend on something that's a Windows specific library. I just came a cross a tiny bash script (rather alias) I wrote when I was a teacher, since I also taught basic programming with C#. Since I'm cleaning up an old hard drive I stumbled across a small script I wrote for that.
Reading the code wasn't an issue, but I was running Linux (obviously) which may or may not have been sanctioned by the institution I was working for. I recall it wasn't specifically forbidden.
So what to do when a student approaches you or when you have to check their source code? Easy! Install Mono, run the code (that they wrote in Visual Studio Whatever).
Then, I created this little script and put it in my
~/scripts directory and called it
# build and run C# on linux # get basename of file fbname=$(basename "$1" .cs) # compile and run with mono gmcs $1 && mono $fbname.exe
~/scripts directory obviously was in my
Bottom line of my
Now I could run their source code easily or help them debug it when they sent it to me.
In the end it's a matter of convenience, because I didn't want to start the Mono IDE or whatever to check their code, but use my favourite editor and run it on the terminal.