People have been predicting the death of computer programming for as long as I can remember. It hasn’t happened (yet) for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is that programming is as much an art as it is a science or an engineering discipline.
GitHub Copilot, billed as “Your AI pair programmer” and currently in a limited technical preview, takes a stab at helping to automate programming in a way that’s a bit beyond what IntelliSense and the like can provide. It’s not completely autonomous. You do have to declare (type out) your intentions before Copilot can generate meaningful code, as we’ll see, and you also do have to supervise Copilot to set it back on track when it inevitably slips off the rails.
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