AI-powered programming with Copilot


Marie-Hélène Burle

The recent advances in generative AI have brought about a number of code generators and code-completion assistants. This webinar will give an overview of the state of the field, briefly explain the functioning of various types of tools, then focus on GitHub Copilot.

Copilot is developed by GitHub and OpenAI. It is a cloud-based service requiring a subscription, but students and teachers can apply for free access. It can be used directly in the command line or as an extension to text editors such as VS Code, Emacs, or Neovim.

I will demo Copilot’s main features:

  • provide live code-completion,
  • turn comments into code,
  • translate from one programming language to another.

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