ChatGPT and Software Development

Vikrant Shetty

August 30, 2023

8:53 am

Many have asked if AI software like ChatGPT will soon replace software developers. The answer is still uncertain. ChatGPT is undoubtedly an intelligent tool, but there are still many drawbacks. There is still a debate about whether ChatGPT can write original and secure code and if it should quote its sources for its generated material. 

All these questions aside, ChatGPT is a powerful chatbot capable of carrying out human-like conversations and can even analyze and solve coding problems for software developers. But at this stage, it can only aid software developers with some issues. It cannot write a novel and original code from scratch. But, ChatGPT is an AI capable of evolving and learning from the inputs of its users. So you cannot negate the possibility of ChatGPT in future writing codes without much human intervention. 

At this juncture, however, ChatGPT helps a software developer in the following ways:

1. Getting faster results

A software developer must look for only results on ChatGPT instead of solutions. There is a subtle difference between results and solutions. When you ask ChatGPT to write a code for you, it will scour through the internet for a code that fits your query and then generate it. Now, more often than not, these codes will have many bugs which you’ll need to get rid of on your own. Hence ChatGPT can only give your results for your query, and you need to work out the solutions yourself. 

As a software developer, you should hope that ChatGPT never becomes smart enough to write new codes by itself; otherwise, you will be deemed obselete. Instead, keep it as a tool to write codes faster. Even when you are writing a code, there are bound to be a lot of bugs, but by using the trial and error method with ChatGPT, you can quickly eliminate them. 

2. Spares time for higher level problem solving

Problem-solving skill is very vital in a software developer’s repertoire. During your daily coding tasks, you face many challenges that you solve by using your knowledge of a programming language. AI tools like ChatGPT cannot do that. 

Suppose you are in the process of writing a complex algorithm for an application you are building. You input all your expectations for the algorithm into ChatGPT, which will give you a result. But as a developer, you not only care about the development but also the implementation of the algorithm. ChatGPT will not do both things at once, unlike you. It will be your partner by recommending the correct type of algorithm you would need, but its deployment will depend on you. That being said, ChatGPT has reduced the workload and the time required to solve a coding problem.

3. Helps you tackle unknown problems

Just like any other field, professionals in the software development industry might not know every aspect of software development. However, it is considered a discredit on your part if you don’t know about a particular aspect that your employer expects you to. In such a situation, you could turn to ChatGPT for help. 

It spares you a lot of time you would have spent learning about the particular area of development you are unsure of. ChatGPT is intuitive enough to understand what you need from it. So try to be clear in your directives, which will generate a code acceptable to your employer. You can also use ChatGPT to make sense of complex regulations instead of referring to another senior programmer in your team. 

4. Easier debugging

In your career of software development, you must have encountered atleast one error message when trying to run a code. The error might be so minute that you cannot detect it even after going through it several times. ChatGPT can be the answer to your problem. ChatGPT can provide suggestions using its programming knowledge to write the code in an alternate method. 

ChatGPT understands programming languages, syntax, and logic and can answer your questions related to them. Additionally, it can help you comprehend basic programming concepts, which can help you avoid errors in the future. ChatGPT can make programming easier and debugging less intimidating. 

Conclusion

AI, like ChatGPT, should not be written off as useless by software developers. It is a powerful tool that can help you save time for more complex problems and reduce your workload. It is still a new technology, and its possibilities are endless as it grows and learns. You are in a career where you always need to stay ahead of time to stay relevant, and ChatGPT can help you accomplish that quickly.

Vikrant Shetty

August 30, 2023

8:53 am

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