Running a program in linux

What is the command to run a program in linux..I have a program program that I can run at dos prompt by just typing
myprogram.exe after directing to the directory of the application..what is the equivalent command in linux operating system?

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AiyshaAsked:
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ozoCommented:
If you want to run files in your current working directory, you can type
./programname
or if you want to do it without the . you can put . in your $PATH,
but if you do, you should be careful that the . is last in your $PATH so that you don't accidentally
run a program out of . when you were expecting to run a program with the same name from a standard system path
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ozoCommented:
if the program is executable, and in your $PATH, you can just type the name of the program
if it is not in your $PATH, you would need to type the a path name to the program so the shell knows where to find it
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