GitHub Copilot: The ChatGPT For Developers?

What is GitHub Copilot?

GitHub Copilot, is an AI-powered coding assistant developed by OpenAI. It is a tool for developers seeking to enhance their productivity and efficiency. While it shares some similarities with ChatGPT, GitHub Copilot is specifically designed to assist developers with writing code, enabling them to tackle complex programming challenges.

GitHub Copilot is built to provide real-time code suggestions and completions directly within integrated development environments (IDEs). By leveraging machine learning algorithms and a vast repository of code snippets and patterns, Copilot assists developers in writing code more quickly. It can generate entire functions, classes, or entire files.

Copilot Generated Code.

Below are some examples of line suggestions.

Git Hub Copilot

Here we can see how it can generate an entire function given a comment.

Git Hub Copilot

Comparing GitHub Copilot and ChatGPT.

While GitHub Copilot and ChatGPT share the same underlying AI technologies, they serve distinct purposes. Copilot is tailored specifically for developers and focuses on generating code suggestions, while ChatGPT is designed for general language-based interactions. Copilot is integrated within IDEs, providing real-time assistance during the coding process, and draws from a vast codebase to generate code snippets. While ChatGPT relies on a broader corpus of text from the internet.


While the snippets generated from Copilot are great for smaller generic functions. Writing functions that require a deep understanding of the project and data structures will end in snippets that return an impressive amount of code and some pretty good guesses as to where the function was supposed to end up. Ultimately, however, it will be flawed. It’s likely that given more context in the initial comment, description or function name you could get a more correct solution, but the code you get back from any of these snippets is a best guess and should always be verified and tested.

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