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0800-DEVOPS #58 – AI code assistants with Peter Guagenti

03. 02. 2024
Overview

Welcome to 0800-DEVOPS, a newsletter digest of interesting ideas from the world of DevOps, technical practices and increased productivity! I spoke with Peter about AI code assistants, automatic transmissions and the philosophical question of future humans forgetting how to code.

A newsletter that started as a personal learning and getting-in-touch project by Ivan Krnic grew into a sociotechnical newsletter covering topics of technical excellence, organizational improvements, and productivity.

AI and code assistants

AI is moving into every segment of software delivery and maintenance. AI code assistants help us write new and understand legacy code. In API management, AI identifies cyberattacks. In AIOps it predicts when things could go wrong.

These are just some of the examples of how AI can help. But every organization is different. What helped us the most in finding the right opportunities was throwing an internal AI hackathon where we spent a day tinkering with the technology but keeping in mind the challenges that our clients and we face daily. For CROZ, as a BizTech consultancy, AI is about finding ways to bring our clients more value and make our work more efficient. Some of the best ideas came straight from this AI hackathon – check out my DevOps Enterprise Summit talk.

Still, I can’t help but wonder…

When we got pocket calculators, many of us forgot how to divide numbers by hand…
When we got automatic transmission, many of us forgot how to drive a stick…
Now AI code assistants are here. Will we forget how to code? And should we fight it or embrace it as a sign of an evolution?

This is just one of the topics I discussed with Peter Guagenti, the President of Tabnine. In Peter’s eyes, AI code assistants should be Iron Man suits, making each developer better, stronger, and more efficient. AI code assistants are nowhere near replacing us for complex stuff. As my friend Damir said, today’s AI is a basic reasoning engine. To unconditionally trust code assistants like we trust pocket calculators and automatic transmissions, we need to reach the level of an advanced reasoning engine.

The way the industry has been moving for the last two years, anything is possible.

Interview of the Month

AI code assistants with Peter Guagenti

AI code assistants with Peter Guagenti

Peter Guagenti is the President & Chief Marketing Officer of Tabnine, a company behind one of the most popular AI code assistants on the market. I spoke with Peter about AI code assistants, what automatic transmissions and AI have in common, and the philosophical question of future humans forgetting how to code.

QED 2024 conference

We’re back in Zadar for another QED conference and a bonus conference-within-conference Mighty Mainframe!

Our keynote speakers will be Sam Newman, technologist and best-selling book author, and Rosalind Radcliffe, IBM Fellow, CIO DevSecOps CTO.

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Handpicked

Tech predictions for 2024 and beyondWerner Vogels predictions for 2024, check out the part about AI assistants redefining developer productivity.

New GitHub Copilot Research Finds ‘Downward Pressure on Code Quality’ – some studies warn that using code assistants is correlated with “mistake code” being pushed to the repo, less code moving, and more copy-pasting. All this suggests less refactoring according to the DRY principle and more quick code generation without thinking of system sustainability. It’s another warning that code assistants, like any other tool, can produce value if used correctly but also damage if misused.

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