Michael Michael - 14 days ago 7
C# Question

Is there an interactive shell for programming quick C# code snippets?

Is there an interactive shell for programming quick code snippets in C#/.NET? Sometimes I'm interested in trying out a quick block of .NET code without creating a whole console application (that I then have to delete when I'm done).

I understand that the Immediate Window sort of provides this functionality, but it seems like you have to have an application open and be debugging it for the Immediate Window to be of any use.

I was tinkering with Ruby a while back, and the Interactive Ruby Shell (irb) was an invaluable little tool for trying out little snippets of Ruby code. Lightweight and instantaneous. This kind of thing seems like a no-brainer to me. Does anything like it exist for C#/.NET?

Answer

LINQPad is very neat for that:

LINQPad is more than a LINQ tool: it's an ergonomic C#/VB/F# scratchpad that instantly executes any expression, statement block or program with rich output formatting – the ultimate in dynamic development. Put an end to those hundreds of Visual Studio Console projects cluttering your source folder!

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