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I have a c# file, I opened it in VS2010, and I want to compile it now. Is it possible? I know I can compile it using C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\csc.exe, but I do not want this. I want to know if I can compile a standalone C# file from VS2010. Thanks.

PS I strongly think that the stackoverflow/superuser search needs to be improved a lot. I hardly seem to be able to find questions. Something tells me that this is the kind of question that must have been asked before, but I can't find out.

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As for your search questions see and Stack Overflow Search – Now 61% Less Crappy –  heavyd Jun 23 '10 at 16:34
I think visual 6 was the last to let you do this –  Nick Jul 31 '10 at 18:48

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Visual Studio is orientated around projects, so you'd need to add your cs file to a new (empty) project, before you can compile it through Visual Studio.

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Thats sad. I don't like that folder structure etc, but okay, will have to do it. Thanks. –  0fnt Jun 23 '10 at 18:46

While this really doesn't answer your question, may I recommend taking a look at LINQPad? It does so much more than just execute LINQ - I use it to rapidly test/demo code as I can compile it immediately and see the results. The work the author did with the .Dump() extension method is super helpful as well.

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