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Christian Heilmann
Christian Heilmann

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In-context AI chat with GitHub Copilot

Generative AI is only as good as its integration in your work environment. GitHub Copilot Chat in Visual Studio Code is a great example how to do that right.

Recording showing the interaction in Visual Studio Code

You can highlight code in the editor and press CMD + I on Mac or Ctrl + I on Linux/Windows and you get a text box to chat about this piece of code. For example, you can ask Copilot to explain it.

If you ask Copilot to modify the code, for example by asking it to add step-by-step instructions, it won't replace the code immediately, but give you a diff view to see and change the recommendations before applying them.

Together with an extension to verify the validity of your code, like webhint this becomes a safe and thoroughly enjoyable way of working.

Generative AI is amazing - but good UX makes it even better.

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Paweł Ciosek

Cool! 🤩 Thank you! didn't know that