I just found out that Mono is available in whatever repository the OpenPandora uses.
mono - 2.6.3-r0.1.6 - Mono Programming Language
I am installing it now.
Version 2.6 is a few years old (2009) but newer than Novell's Long-Term supported version. I don't know if there even are ARM builds of more current versions.
Mono finished installing with a few errors about not being able to create a few symlinks.
Mono JIT compiler version 2.6.3 (tarball Fri Mar 18 15:18:29 CET 2011)
Copyright (C) 2002-2010 Novell, Inc and Contributors. www.mono-project.com
|GC:||Included Boehm (with typed GC and Parallel Mark)|
Turns out it didn't install a C# compiler. I'll look for it.
mono-gmcs - 2.6.3-r0.1.6 - Mono Programming Language
mono-mcs - 2.6.3-r0.1.6 - Mono Programming Language
Grand. Which of the two compilers should I install? Both?
The Mono Project Web site says that historically several compilers existed but that mcs is a newer unified compiler. However, that explanation refers to Mono 2.11, which is so current it's not even the current release version.
I guess my mcs here is not that mcs.
The package descriptions don't give it away either, so I'll install both.
Finally, all I found is a binary named "mcs1" and no mcs or gmcs at all.
Anyway, mcs1 appears to be the compiler.
To test it, I decided to write a Hello World program.
Emacs doesn't have a C# mode, indentation doesn't work very well.
I found a C# mode file here: http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/csharp-mode.el
I put the file in ~/.emacs.d/lisp and edited ~/.emacs thus:
(autoload 'csharp-mode "csharp-mode" "Major mode for editing C# code." t)
|(append '(("\\.cs$" . csharp-mode)) auto-mode-alist))|
Now emacs HelloWorld.cs creates quite a nice environment for C# development.
private:~$ ls HelloWorld*
HelloWorld.cs HelloWorld.cs~ HelloWorld.exe
Mono is missing the mkbundle command so I cannot compile the MSIL assembly into native code. But I can run the MSIL assembly.
So that appears to work.
At some point I'll add Gtk# and hope that GUIs work in the OpenPandora's X screen.
Microsoft .NET Framework: http://www.microsoft.com/net
Mono Framework: http://www.mono-project.com