How can what Microsoft is doing with OpenAI / ChatGPT help developers write code - Q and A

I recently ‘interviewed’ Bing to get an overview of the current AI tools for developers available from Microsoft and the impact these tools will have on the cost of software development projects. Enjoy!

Q: I’ve heard that Microsoft will be coming out with a product that will enable people to use AI/ChatGPT to code. Can you tell me if this is available now?

A: Yes. This available now. GitHub Copilot is a code completion tool that suggests snippets of programming code as developers type. It uses OpenAI Codex to suggest code and entire functions in real-time right from your editor. Trained on billions of lines of public code, GitHub Copilot turns natural language prompts including comments and method names into coding suggestions across dozens of languages. Copilot X is the latest version of GitHub Copilot that adopts the latest OpenAI GPT-4 model and expands Copilot’s capabilities with chat and pull requests. See here for getting started with Github Copilot. See here if you are a student.

Q: How is this different from ChatGPT in Bing?

A: ChatGPT is a conversational AI model developed by Microsoft Bing that can understand and generate human-like responses to natural language inputs. On the other hand, GitHub Copilot is an AI pair programmer that helps you write code faster and with less work. It draws context from comments and code to suggest individual lines and whole functions. Copilot Chat is a new feature of GitHub Copilot that allows developers to ask programming-related questions and get answers in natural language. It is built on top of the work that OpenAI and Microsoft have done with ChatGPT and the new Bing. While ChatGPT can suggest code snippets and answer programming questions, it lacks the context-awareness that GitHub Copilot has.

Q: How is GitHub Copilot different from the openai ChatGPT API?

A: OpenAI ChatGPT and GitHub Copilot are both models trained on the GPT-3 language prediction model created by OpenAI. However, while GitHub Copilot writes code alongside you in your text editor, ChatGPT requires that you access it via their API, or Playground.

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Q: How is GitHub Copilot different from the Azure openai api?

A: Azure OpenAI API is a cloud-based artificial intelligence tool developed by OpenAI that provides natural language processing capabilities. It can be used to build chatbots, language translators, and more. While both tools are AI-based, they have different use cases. GitHub Copilot is more focused on code generation, while Azure OpenAI API is more focused on natural language processing. That said, Azure OpenAI’s powerful language models including the GPT-3, Codex and Embeddings model series can be used for natural language to code translation.

Q: Do AI development tools reduce the cost of software development?

A: AI-powered tools are making project managers, business analysts, software coders, and testers more productive and more effective, enabling them to produce higher-quality software faster at lower cost. AI may become a key factor in meeting rising demand for custom software. New AI-powered tools are having a remarkable impact on the software development process, such as reducing the number of keystrokes developers need to type by half, catching bugs even prior to code review or testing, and automatically generating half of the tests needed for quality assurance1. Therefore, AI development tools can reduce the cost of software development.

Q: What is the impact of AI development tools on the cost of software development?

A: According to an article on DZone, AI-powered tools are making the process of designing, developing, and deploying software faster, better, and cheaper. Project managers, testers, and coders are becoming more productive, and as a result, they are now efficiently producing low-cost and higher-quality software.

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