Hey there! Let’s chat about something that’s on everyone’s radar: AI. It’s big, it’s everywhere, and let’s face it – it can be pretty daunting. But here’s the big question hanging over us: Will AI make developers obsolete? My answer is yes, it certainly has the potential, but only if you allow it to. It’s fundamentally about embracing AI as an invaluable asset to enhance our skills rather than viewing it as an ominous force poised to take over.
You can learn more about this hot topic by viewing Dustin Usey’s workshop Will AI Replace Developers?
Learning from History
Let’s rewind to when calculators first hit the scene. Did they make math teachers obsolete? Far from it. They became a critical tool in teaching. This is the perspective we need to adopt with AI in the development world.
Debugging in the AI Era
Let me walk you through a real-life scenario. I was wrestling with a bug in a ChatGPT bot for Discord. In the fast-paced world where AI is zooming ahead, being quick and smart is the name of the game. The fear that AI might snatch our jobs is real, but it’s also a massive opportunity to speed up our work and cut down on costs.
Check out our workshop Debugging with ChatGPT to learn more!
Upgrading a ChatGPT Bot
Here’s the deal: I was adding a feature to our Discord bot to handle messages over 1,500 characters. Instead of losing hours searching for a fix, I turned to ChatGPT. The culprit? A simple typo – ‘star’ instead of ‘start’. ChatGPT didn’t just spot the error; it gave me the why and how, saving me tons of time.
The Power of GitHub Copilot in Coding
Now, let’s talk about GitHub Copilot. Yes, it’s a paid tool, but it’s a game-changer for coding efficiency. During the same Discord bot project, I started coding a for loop, and Copilot chimed in with a slicker, shorter version. It’s not just about quick fixes; it’s about smarter, cleaner code.
Want to learn more about GitHub Copilot? Check out our Introduction to GitHub Copilot workshop.
Busting the Myth: AI Can’t Replace Skilled Developers
Wrapping Up: AI as a Co-Pilot in Development
So here’s the takeaway: AI isn’t here to kick us to the curb. It’s here to lift us up, to make us better developers. By integrating AI tools into our workflow, we’re not just keeping up; we’re setting the pace.
Check out our free 7-day trial at Treehouse for more insights into AI and ChatGPT, and how to get started. The future of coding is bright, exciting, and AI-infused. So, stay sharp, stay curious, and above all, enjoy the coding journey!