The biggest story in tech right now isn’t massive layoffs… it’s ChatGPT (and Bard, but really… ChatGPT). Will it take all of our jobs? Maybe. Probably not. Hopefully not. Will we end up like Neo in the Matrix? I highly doubt it. But what it absolutely will do? Upend the software development industry like almost nothing we’ve seen before — AI and generative chatbots like ChatGPT are going to change the whole game.
Spoiler alert: things are about to get real interesting.
One of the most time-consuming aspects of software development is writing code. But what if you could simply describe the functionality you need, and a chatbot could generate the code for you? That’s precisely what ChatGPT is working on achieving. Imagine just typing something like, “Create a registration form with name, email, and password fields,” and boom – the chatbot generates the code in seconds.
In his release video for ChatGPT’s new model, GPT-4, OpenAI co-founder and president Greg Brockman drew a rudimentary website concept on a napkin, fed the image to GPT-4… and it spit out working code to turn that napkin drawing into a reality?
Is it the most elegant version of that website ever? Of course not. But what a starting point!
This rapid prototyping and code generation will speed up development cycles and increase the efficiency of software teams. Is that music to anyone else’s ears but mine?
Let’s face it, nobody likes hunting for bugs or going through lines of code to identify potential issues — ChatGPT to the rescue. With AI algorithms capable of analyzing and understanding code, they can identify potential bugs, vulnerabilities, and even suggest improvements to the codebase.
By automating the code review process, developers can spend less time on tedious tasks and more time on creative problem-solving. Plus, it’ll help improve the overall quality of software products, ensuring that your end users have a smooth experience.
Now, is it going to be perfect? Of course not. But again, it can massively improve your starting position on one of the most annoying and time-consuming parts of software development.
Testing is a vital part of the software development process, but it can also be a huge time sink. AI can help automate and improve this process through intelligent test case generation, execution, and analysis. By identifying the most critical areas for testing and learning from previous test runs, AI-driven testing can reduce the time and resources required for comprehensive quality assurance.
The result? Faster software releases and fewer bugs slipping through the cracks, making everyone’s life a little easier.
One of the most significant benefits of AI in software development is going to be the ability to create personalized user experiences. AI will eventually be able to analyze user behavior and preferences, tailoring software interfaces and features to each individual user… possibly in real time.
Think about a mobile app that adapts its interface based on your usage patterns or an e-commerce platform that knows your favorite products and offers personalized recommendations. Can AI achieve those things right this second? No… but the leaps in functionality between GPT3 and GPT4 give me confidence we’re not that far away from this being our lived experience. And if AI can help create software that feels like it’s custom-made just for you? Whoooo boy. We’re in a whole different universe of user experience.
AI and generative chatbots like ChatGPT are on the verge of reshaping the software development landscape. From rapid prototyping to intelligent code reviews, AI-driven testing, and personalized user experiences, the future actually looks… bright for software developers.
My thinking is that almost every developer I’ve ever employed or worked with always wants to be on the cutting edge. Whether it’s new coding languages or development platforms, they’re always trying to learn more and get out front of what’s next.
This has never been more important than it is right now.
Developers who abstain from integrating generative AI like ChatGPT into their workflows could find themselves out of a job and quick. I never want that for anyone, but just as there’s far less work for PHP coders today than there was 10 years ago, there’s going to be far less work for developers who can’t or won’t use generative AI like ChatGPT to make their coding faster, more efficient and less buggy.
At the end of the day, it’s all about staying agile, adapting to new technologies, and embracing the exciting possibilities that AI and generative chatbots like ChatGPT bring to the table. As software developers, we’re always looking for ways to improve our craft, and these innovations offer a unique opportunity to elevate our game.
We at ENO8 recognized that AI was going to be central to our digital future years ago. That’s why we established it as one of our core specialties. We might have been a little early to that particular market, but boy did that market catch up with us.
If you’re interested in learning about how your company might integrate generative AI capabilities into your products or systems, give us a call. We’d love to talk shop AI shop.