GitHub is the world’s largest and most advanced development platform, currently used by more than 83 million developers and 4 million organisations. It has been around since 2008 and is typically used to create, deliver and maintain its users’ software. It is a Git-based code repository and works mostly on open-source projects. While Git is a command-line tool, GitHub provides a web-based graphical interface.
In other words, GitHub is seen as a social network for programmers who use it to share and publish code. The main advantage of GitHub is the ability to store versions of code and the ability to share it efficiently with colleagues. Everyone has a profile that includes all your GitHub contributions, and the profile can also act as your resume. Code can also be commented on and discussed.
GitHub Copilot – Using Artificial Intelligence to Write Code
GitHub Copilot is an AI program that suggests code in your editor. It is available for $10/month or $100/year. Verified students and maintainers of popular open source projects can even use it for free. Of course, you can try it out with a free 60-day trial.
Artificial Intelligence is a tool to make developers’ work easier and thus increase their satisfaction. At the same time, it pushes technological development and empowers the next generation of developers. With GitHub Copilot, software developers can write and finish code easier and faster.
Copilot was designed as an extension to the editor that designs code in real time, allowing developers to focus on more important things – building software. When you write code or comments, Copilot will suggest the next line of code but it’s not just one word or line of code. It can suggest complete methods, standard code, whole unit tests, and even complex algorithms. Currently in the enabled files, almost 40% of the code is written using GitHub Copilot, and in coding languages like Python.
So what does GitHub Copilot enable for developers:
- AI-based coding suggestions – code suggestions relevant to the context of the project, you can decide between different options to accept, reject or modify.
- Use your preferred environments – integrate GitHub Copilot with your favorite editors (Neovim, JetBrains IDEs, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code)
- Code confidently in uncertain environments – code in new languages or try new things Copilot suggests.
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