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Is GitHub Copilot a Game-Changer?

How has AI-assisted programming tools like GitHub Copilot impacted the software development process thus far in 2023?

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Mike Stemle • Edited

It’s not a game changer. It’s a convenience, but not much more than that.

Also, I really would like GitHub Copilot to stop suggesting the names and URLs of other people. You'd think they'd scrub all of the sensitive information.

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I tried it for a while and didn't really understand how it would improve things. The time I would spend fixing the code it would spit out equated to the time I would spend writing the code anyway. I cancelled my subscription after a month.

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Ben Halpern

It's a step change — but I think a lot of tooling will look very different in a few years, so it's hard to say the stuff coming out right now is such a "game changer", per se.

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Randal L. Schwartz

I can't ethically use co-pilot any more, knowing that it ingests GPL-licensed code but doesn't mark it as such in generations. As much as I hate the GPL, I respect the use of the GPL as a choice and want to honor the intent, and am legally bound to do so. I would encourage others to stand with me on this.

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Anand Das

GitHub Copilot has definitely made an impression in the AI-assisted programming space. Its ability to get context from the currently opened files in the IDE is commendable and works well for simpler tasks. But, unless it understands your entire codebase, it will not be able to provide accurate suggestions.

Whereas with, a Github Copilot alternative, you can get personalized and accurate responses as Bito understands your entire codebase.

Bito has over 100K+ active users from companies such as Amazon, Apple, Tesla, Google, and more. It is one of the highest rated AI apps on VSCode and JetBrains.

It's exciting to see where AI-driven tools are heading in software development.

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Andreas Riedmüller

For me it is a very useful tool. But as for any tool you need to learn how and when to use it to your advantage.

Learning (and mastering) tools is a real game changer.

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Arafat Hossain Ar

Yes, GitHub Copilot is a game-changer in the coding world. It boosts productivity by providing instant code suggestions, aids beginners in learning, improves collaboration among developers, encourages innovation, but developers must review suggestions for code quality and security. Its impact continues to evolve as it's adopted and integrated into various coding workflows.

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V Sai Harsha • Edited

If you're talking about the og version; It's paid for 10 or 19 bucks for a month. They're few alternatives which are freemium like CodiumAI.
I don't think selling a "game changer" under a paywall is accessible to most users. I think Copilot X will be also Proprietary Software. Jeez, Microsoft is taking over the AI Race.

P.S.: I haven't tried it. But, I think it's not a game changer.