GitHub Copilot gets a new ChatGPT

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When it comes to code, there’s no doubt that having a helping hand can make all the difference. And that’s exactly what GitHub’s new Copilot seeks to provide.

Unveiled today, Copilot is a coding assistant powered by artificial intelligence that can help developers with everything from code completion to fixing errors.

What’s more, Copilot is also equipped with a chat mode, which allows developers to ask questions about their code and receive real-time help.

According to GitHub, the idea for Copilot came about after observing how developers use chatbots to communicate with each other.

“We found that developers frequently ask questions about code in chat channels and that these interactions are often valuable for both the asker and the responder,” explains GitHub in a blog post.

“We also found that developers don’t always have the time or expertise to help each other with code questions.”

With Copilot, developers can get the best of both worlds – the ability to get help from a bot, while also being able to ask questions and receive help in real-time.

In addition to its chat mode, Copilot also features a “mentions” mode, which allows developers to @mention the bot in their code comments to get help with specific lines of code.

At launch, Copilot is only available in public beta, and is currently limited to English-speaking users. However, GitHub says that it plans to add support for more languages in the future.

To get started with Copilot, head over to the GitHub blog.

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