PhidgetSBC2 Interactive C# Shell

One cool package for playing around with your phidget(s) is `mono-csharp-shell` which gives you an interactive C# shell (with tab completion).

apt-get install -y mono-csharp-shell

Once the package is installed, you can open it with `csharp` but just like with `gmcs` we have to include the reference to the Phidget library.

csharp -r:Phidget21.NET.dll

It will take a bit of time to get to a csharp prompt but be patient and you will be greeted with this:

Mono C# Shell, type “help;” for help

Enter statements below.

And now you can freely use the library to interactively control a Phidget from the command line.

csharp> using Phidgets;
csharp> var kit = new InterfaceKit();
csharp> kit.waitForAttachment();
csharp> kit.SerialNumber;
csharp> kit.close();
csharp> quit;

Make sure you close any Phidgets you use otherwise you won’t be able to end your shell with `quit;` or `Ctrl+D`. If you tried to quit without closing, you will have to suspend the shell with `Ctrl+Z` and then type `kill %csharp` to kill the shell.

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