Revolutionizing Software Development with ChatGPT
Recently, the entire social media world was talking about ChatGPT, because of its impressive capabilities in natural language understanding and generation, as well as its potential to revolutionize the way we interact with technology. People were discussing the various applications of ChatGPT in industries such as customer service, content creation, and even software development.
ChatGPT is a variation of the cutting-edge language processing technology created by OpenAI known as GPT-3.5 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3). Simply put, it’s an AI assistant that has been trained to help you with a variety of tasks; all you have to do is ask, and it will respond as best it can. With approximately 266.0M monthly visits and one million active users in just 5 days, it was a worldwide success. We’ll go over everything there is to know about this AI assistant in this thorough blog, as well as how it affects the world of software development.
So let’s get started!
What exactly is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is like a virtual librarian who can help you find information and knowledge in a huge virtual library. It was trained using a vast amount of text data. Although the precise amount of data used to train GPT-3.5 is not known, it is assumed to be in the range of several terabytes.
At a high level, ChatGPT is a transformer-based neural network model that uses unsupervised pre-training to learn patterns in a large amount of text data. It’s an encoder-decoder model that uses a technique called attention mechanisms to learn to understand and generate text. It might be hard to understand the complete working of ChatGPT in one or two lines but simply put, it uses an AI model which was trained on billions and billions of data and it can respond to user queries in the best way possible and believe me it can do many things that can make our dropdown.
Can ChatGPT replace Google?
Recent improvements in artificial intelligence could have a big effect on Google’s main source of income, which is search. But looking at the data, ChatGPT will never replace Google search, at least for the next couple of years. It’s true that ChatGPT is good at a number of natural language processing tasks, such as translating languages, summarizing, paraphrasing, and making up text. In the long run, it can make a search engine better in some ways.
However, Google search is beyond NLP, it uses a wide range of technology, and it is hard to compare Google Search and ChatGPT from a technical point of view. Google uses various technologies, including high-level computation, machine learning, data analysis, web crawling, etc. But the important thing to note is that Google is not just a search engine; it is a data mine. The amount of data that Google has may be in the range of trillions, and it is pretty sure that GPT 3 doesn’t have access to or hold this amount of data.
The big picture you are not seeing is: what if Google and ChatGPT worked together? ChatGPT could be used to improve some parts of a search engine, and it will make Google Search a lot better if it is. There are also some rumors going around saying Microsoft will integrate ChatGPT into the Bing search engine.
Will ChatGPT take developers’ jobs? — Or is it just hype?
You may have already watched a number of videos on YouTube warning that ChatGPT would replace developers with some shocking thumbnails, and you may be feeling like you’ll be the next one to go. Am I right?
The first thing to understand is that a software engineer’s job is not to simply look up algorithms and type them into a code editor. That’s something ChatGPT can do, and it can do the same thing much faster than a human.
You can see all we need to do is give the prompt, and ChatGPT will take care of the rest. A typical developer or engineer might not be doing this all day long.
A day in the life of a software engineer like you and me often includes a number of important tasks that help the development process move forward. One of the most important tasks is gathering and understanding the requirements for a project. After the requirements have been set, engineers often go to a reliable source like StackOverflow to get ideas on how to put them into action.
Once engineers like us have a general understanding of the requirements and possible solutions, we often talk with our coworkers to compare the pros and cons of different approaches. After a decision has been made, it’s not uncommon for engineers to again turn to StackOverflow or some GitHub repositories in search of useful boilerplate code that can be used as a starting point for the implementation.
From there, the process of merging code snippets and adding any missing functionality begins. This process of looking for code snippets, combining them, and adding custom functionality is often done over and over again until the implementation is finished. After the code has been put into place, it needs to be tested to make sure it works as planned.
Finally, once the code has been thoroughly tested and any bugs have been ironed out, it is pushed into production, where it can be used by end users.
ChatGPT can and might do things like search StackOverflow and type keystrokes in the IDE, but humans will still do the most important things, like define the requirements to be implemented, test the outputs, and take responsibility for the results.
Although ChatGPT can complete some tasks more quickly and precisely than human programmers, it is still restricted to the datasets that it was trained on. That is, if it runs into a problem it hasn’t seen before, it might get stuck and need help from a human programmer to fix it. In the same way, ChatGPT might not be able to come up with unique answers to hard software problems because it can only learn from the data it has access to.
How to make use of ChatGPT as a developer
As an AI chat assistant, ChatGPT can give you full code for anything you ask for in addition to plaintext. You can use ChatGPT to its maximum potential to become a 10X developer! Some of the ways in which developers can make use of ChatGPT include:
Code generation: ChatGPT can make snippets of code in many different programming languages. This can help developers who need to quickly make boilerplate code or people who want to look into different ways to solve a certain problem.
Look for errors in your code: You can enter code that you’re having trouble debugging into ChatGPT along with details about what you’re anticipating versus what actually occurs. The model might be able to help you identify the problem.
Finding edge cases: It can be used to help you find edge cases in your code. Because the model has a lot of computational power, it may be able to generate edge cases where your code will fail that you won’t be able to identify as quickly.
Summarizing: ChatGPT can be used to summarize long pieces of text like code comments, descriptions of pull requests, and bug reports. This can help developers quickly understand the purpose of a code change, or the nature of a bug, without having to read through large amounts of text.
Natural Language Processing: ChatGPT is designed to understand and process natural language, so it can be used to help developers with tasks that involve natural language processing.
Use it for writing test cases: You can use ChatGPT to write test cases, as it is able to understand the codebase and generate test cases based on the code structure and function behavior.
Compare technologies: You can ask about the features and compare between tools. get a quick overview of the technology as it is already knowledgeable about a number of tools at the production level.
Limitations of ChatGPT
ChatGPT, just like all language models, has some limitations that should be considered when using it in the development process. Some of them are listed below:
- Creativity: While ChatGPT can generate a wide variety of text, it’s not capable of generating truly novel ideas or concepts as it is based on the patterns it has seen in the training data. It can only produce text that is similar to what it has seen before.
- Inadequate: ChatGPT’s understanding and generation of natural language are not as advanced as a human, so it may make mistakes or generate irrelevant responses. It may not be able to replace human assistance.
- Logical capacity: ChatGPT has a limited ability to reason and make logical connections between different pieces of information. It is unable to understand the underlying meaning and it can only generate text that is similar to patterns it has seen in training data.
- Trained on Limited data: ChatGPT is trained on a fixed dataset and doesn’t have the ability to adapt and learn just like a human as of now, it can only give results that it already knows. Although it can predict the outcomes, the chances of it being correct are 50:50.
- Limited in-depth knowledge: ChatGPT generates text based on patterns it has learned from data, but it may not always understand the context of the text, resulting in potentially inaccurate or inappropriate text.
- Lack of explainability: ChatGPT has a wide range of training data, but it might not have the specific knowledge required for certain tasks like writing technical documentation or code. Developers might have to fine-tune the model with their own data to achieve the desired level of performance, this process is called fine-tuning. Additionally, developers might need to pre-train the model on specific datasets to make it even more effective in certain tasks.
- Prejudice: ChatGPT is trained on a large dataset, and as a result, it can reflect the biases present in the data it was trained on. This can manifest in a number of ways. For example, if the training data contains a large number of instances of gender-based stereotypes, the model may produce gender-biased outputs
OpenAI has already launched the API endpoints, so as a developer, you can start building on top of the API. The main models that we can use are GPT-3, which is capable of a variety of natural language tasks, Codex, which converts natural language to code, and DALLE, which creates and edits original images.
Ready to use ChatGPT in your day-to-day life?
Congratulations on reaching this far! You’re a fantastic reader!!
We’ve talked about a lot of different things in this blog, like how ChatGPT can be used to make test cases, improve code snippets, and help with other parts of development.
We’ve also talked about some of ChatGPT’s limitations and the best ways to use it in a development workflow. After reading this blog, you will now have a deeper understanding of how ChatGPT can be used in the software development process, and how to make the most of it.