GitHub Copilot - Future of Programming?

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There were a couple of questions that came to my mind when I saw this first. In this article, I’ll go through an example of the Copilot peer programming plugin for VSCode.

What is GitHub Copilot? permalink

If you have noticed a recent post by Github, Copilot is an AI engine that helps you to write programs. It is a smart autocomplete peer programming bot that can smarty understand simple English and write code.

// find images without an alt attribute
// and give them a red border

The above code will create a program that directly can find missing alt attribute images and perform the following action.

// find images without an alt attribute
// and give them a red border
function nonAltImages() {
const images = document.querySelectorAll("img");
for (let i = 0; i < images.length; i++) {
if (!images[i].hasAttribute("alt")) {
images[i].style.border = "1px solid red";
import React from "react";
import { render, fireEvent } from "@testing-library/react";

function Counter() {
const [count, setCount] = React.useState(0);
return (
<button onClick={() => setCount((currCount) => currCount + 1)}>
<p>Count: {count}</p>

// a unit test that asserts that count increases when the button is clicked
it("increments count", () => {
const { getByText } = render(<Counter />);
const button = getByText("Increment");;
expect(getByText("Count: 1")).toBeInTheDocument();

Will AI replace developers? permalink

Alone AIs aren’t capable of anything unless you start teaching them. There is no second thought that Copilot is very powerful and has support for industry-leading frameworks and libraries, but it still can’t replace humans.

Will you lose your job? permalink

Copilot is very new into the industry and seems very fascinating to see a bot writing code for you, but it has very limited features. It can write simple code snippets for you but for large scale programs, companies still need talent like you :)

Conclusion permalink

I like new things in the programming or tech world to try, whether it’s a framework, library, or tool like Copilot. This tool can help people in their future project developments, but can’t replace humans. I can see people will defiantly start using this tool in their regular day-2-day work (like we adapt to autocompletion of code syntax tools).