Starting C# Development on Raspberry Pi

Youngest child and I have been playing around with the Raspberry Pi using Kano and Raspbian images.

Most of the programming exercises I have seen involve using Python and Pygame so I wondered how much it would take to get a simple C# application running. How hard could it be?

First we need mono installed on the Pi. Open a terminal and execute:

sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install mono-complete

or, if you intend to build on another machine:

sudo apt-get install mono-runtime

Next we need some source code to compile into an application:

using System;

namespace MonoPiTest { class Program {

static void Main(string[] args) { Console.WriteLine("Hello, {0}", Environment.OSVersion);

Console.ReadKey(); } } }

Some configuration around this in the form of an MsBuild/XBuild script would be nice.

This needs to be built with xbuild using:

xbuild PiTest.proj

or simply

gmcs PiTest.cs

Once we have an executable we can try it out:

sudo mono PiTest.exe