OpenAI, the artificial intelligence research company, and GitHub, the code-sharing site owned by Microsoft, have teamed up to launch Copilot, a service that provides suggestions for whole lines of code inside development environments like Microsoft Visual Studio. The service is designed to help developers who are working on AI projects.
GitHub Copilot is like having an experienced programmer by your side, ready to answer any questions and make suggestions at a moment’s notice. But instead of being a human, Copilot is powered by artificial intelligence. Using the OpenAI Codex, Copilot can suggest code and entire functions in real-time, right from your editor.
Copilot works by taking the code that a developer has written and running it through a machine-learning model that has been trained on a large corpus of code. The model looks for patterns in the code and suggests lines of code that could be added to the project.
The suggestions are based on the contents of the developer’s code, as well as the context in which it is being written. For example, if a developer is writing code for an image classification project, Copilot might suggest a line of code that would add a convolutional layer to the neural network.
The service is still in its early stages, and it is not yet clear how accurate its suggestions will be. However, if it proves to be effective, it could save developers a lot of time and effort. And it could also make it easier for people with less experience to contribute to AI projects.
And because Copilot is constantly learning, it is always getting better at understanding your code and suggesting ways to improve it.
Benefits of GitHub Copilot
Help developers focus on solving bigger problems
As anyone who has ever written code knows, boilerplate and repetitive patterns are a fact of life. Whether it’s setting up a new project or writing a function that conforms to a certain interface, there’s always some amount of boilerplate that needs to be written. And while a boilerplate is necessary, it can also be time-consuming and tedious.
That’s why GitHub Copilot was created – to help reduce the amount of time spent on boilerplate and repetitive code patterns and to focus on what matters: building great software. With GitHub Copilot, simply write a comment describing the logic you want and Copilot will suggest code to implement the solution.
Get personal AI-based suggestions
Anyone who has ever tried to learn a new programming language knows that it can be a challenge. Even experienced developers sometimes have trouble keeping up with the constant stream of new syntax and paradigms. That’s why there is GitHub Copilot: to help developers put their best foot forward by suggesting changes to code that are specific to the project at hand.
Copilot is an AI-powered assistant that provides real-time recommendations based on a project’s context and style conventions. Whether you’re looking for suggestions for completing a function or cycling quickly through lines of code, Copilot can help you get the job done faster and with fewer mistakes.
Support major code editors
GitHub Copilot makes it easy to get started with any project by walking you through the most common actions right from your code editor. It’s designed to work with all the major code editors, so no matter what your development environment looks like, you can get up and running quickly and easily.
Plus, it’s fast enough to use as you type, so you can get immediate feedback on your changes.
Learn as you code
There’s nothing worse than feeling lost when you’re trying to code. You know what you want to do, but translating that into the right syntax feels like an impossible task. Or maybe you’re working in a new language or framework, and the learning curve feels insurmountable.
Whatever the case may be, GitHub Copilot can help. Copilot is designed to help you find your way around unfamiliar codebases and learn new programming languages and frameworks.
As you type more code, it will learn your preferences and get better at suggesting the right code for the task at hand. So, not only will you be able to get your work done more quickly, but you’ll also learn as you go.