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I'm still a newbie, but I wrote a program in Visual Studio Express 2012 on Windows with references to an API through a .dll and .NET framework 4.0. If I try it on Ubuntu, I get messages like "Could Not Load File Or Assembly". Is there a way to run this on Ubuntu? If so, how do I get it to work?

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    What kind of dll? Does your program use a Windows native dll, or is the dll itself an assembly? That is, is the dll a "normal" windows library or is it a .NET library like your program? – Eliah Kagan Aug 1 '13 at 19:32
  • It's a .NET library. – PersonPlant Aug 1 '13 at 19:49
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Ok I figured it out. You can't simply compile your .net code under Windows and then expect it to run under linux like this: mono myprog.exe

You have to compile it under Linux first - so first download the vb compiler apt-get install mono-vbnc

then copy your source code over and compile like this vbnc myprog.vb

then run like this: mono myprog.exe

Hope this helps someone!

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Some VB.net applications will run on ubuntu using mono. In general support for them is not as good as for c#.

You can run your application from the commandline as follows:

mono YourAssembly.exe
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  • trampster Unfortunately, that didn't work. I thought that maybe I was doing it wrong, but it looks like that just wasn't possible. Thanks though. – PersonPlant Aug 2 '13 at 16:18
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Yes you can do that simply installing mono on your ubuntu as follows

sudo apt-get install mono-complete

After installation of mono

mono test.exe

If you want to browse more about mono visit: http://www.mono-project.com/Main_Page

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