From the Github copilot doc page :
You can use GitHub Copilot to get autocomplete-style suggestions from an AI pair programmer as you code.
Essentially, Github copilot is a pair programming buddy, fueled by AI. It is compatible with most IDE and support languages such as JS/TS, Python, Ruby, GoLang.
Now that the free beta is closed and the final product is released, would you consider using it ? What do you think of the pricing ?
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I was excited about Copilot, but now that I tried it I am just very disappointed.
I didn't spent that much time with it but so far it's been very difficult to have it suggest anything useful.
Here are some of the attempts I made with it:
Also in all the attempts I made there was only one or two suggestions available to chose from.
In the end I don't think I will be using it much if at all, since how it was performing so far I would probably waste more time trying to make it give me something useful than if I just wrote that code myself.
I found that Copilot was much more helpful when you write 'companion' code.
Take for example, you're writing two functions to make a GET and a POST request to an API. When you write the first GET request, it knows nothing about the API you're using or how you might want to use it. So you essentially need to write it yourself.
But then when you need to go and write the POST, it has the GET call as an example. Now it knows about the API and vaguely how you are going to be making the calls. You can almost tab complete the entire thing and just make a couple of changes to the parameters.
I found that using COPILOT with this mindset really takes advantage of its learning ability. It does pattern recognition, not mind reading.
I'm a big fan of github products and services, I would consider paying for it if it was bundled with other offerings.
Except I personally am waiting for codespaces to come out of closed beta for individuals (its only available for organizations) and I'd consider combining the two.
I wouldn't use copilot for work, and only use it for personal projects. So having the pricing combined with pro+codespaces+copilot is something I'd consider together.
Otherwise ~8$ a month might be too steep for me for side-project work. However, I like working on my chromebook, and I like codespaces so combining those two is something I'd highly consider.
Personally I've been mostly disappointed during the beta phase. For example lots of times it just proposes the exact the same that I've written above. I've deactivated it very quickly after I've tried it for 2-3 weeks. I just prefer to code without it - sometimes it even disturbs IntelliSense.
Now for $10/month or $100/year - no thanks, I won't purchase for that, I'd rather spend some time learning the language and getting more knowledge.
I have been using it since last year. I've found it helpful and I will pay for it. It's cheap relative to the productivity gains I get out of it.
When I get lucky, it writes entire functions and long snippets of code for me correctly, or close to it, but that's fairly rare. Where it shines is automating repetitive code writing and boilerplate. Here's an example that I remember from today, and I was able to reproduce right now, writing a new CLI script for Node.js. The dim text is Copilot's suggestion, which are spot-on in this case.
That's a fair bit of typing it saved me, and it does that pretty often. Of course, it often generates code I don't want too, and I waste (usually sub-second) time looking at a garbage suggestion. But it's a net positive.
And the more you use it, the more effective it becomes, as you become better at predicting what it's going to suggest and when it's going to be helpful.
the price is ok, the only thing i think with is that github (microsoft) gets to read all your code. for opensource this is certainly not an issue, but for intellectual property it is.
That ship has sailed. Almost nothing is private any more
This is of course a fatalistic view, but not the only one. :-)
In europe, we have the GDPR rules that companies have to follow.
People have the possibility to demand the deletion of their data. But how do i get the data out of the ai database?
in any case, it is important to switch off the telemetry.
there is also a discussion about this here:
And thanks to GDPR and lazyness or cost-effectiveness reasons, companies apply the same privacy rules globally and not only for EU.
I haven't tried it yet, hope it isn't Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V as a service :)