This week is a short one here in the States, as July 4th is our independence day, and we like to celebrate the independence of our country by blowing up a small part of it.
In this edition: GitHub Copilot causes a stir. Plus GraphQL, accessibility, randomness, and xoshiro.
A week ago, as I was publishing the previous issue of The Catch Block, Microsoft and GitHub announced a new product called GitHub Copilot, an AI-assisted coding tool that can make suggestions and complete your code. The front page for this project is here:
At first glance, this seems like a super-useful tool. Given that GitHub has millions of projects, the AI-assisted tool could work out many simple, common programming scenarios and suggest how to complete them for you. It doesn't seem all that different from the IntelliCode feature in Visual Studio 2022 that I raved about in a previous edition of The Catch Block:
Yet, Copilot seems to be causing quite a bit of internet anguish. People wonder if a deep, thorough understanding of the code will still be valuable in the age of AI coding:
Because Copilot reads and processes many projects, some of which are under copyright, some programmers were wondering if it violates said copyright:
There are also people who say, nope, that's not what's happening:
I was frankly surprised by the amount of hand-wringing this product is causing, though given that this is the internet, I probably should not be so.
Still, I think this is going to be a very useful tool, so I signed up for the waitlist. If you'd like to join the waitlist to get Copilot, you can do so at this link.
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