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AI coding helper for Python?
« on: June 28, 2022, 07:25:20 pm »
There were a few teasers about GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) in the last couple of years, particularly GPT-2 and GPT-3.  These are from OpenAI company, which at first was open, but recent GPT-3 is not open, not free and not offline.

There is a free, open, standalone version of GPT-3 which is called GPT-Neo, and more recent GPT-JAX, or GPT-J, all from Eleuther AI, an AI research group https://www.eleuther.ai/

GPT kind of NN are very good at generating content starting from a given context.  This can work so good that the AI can return working code, starting from nothing but a plain English description.  :o  So far it works good enough only for small functions or code patterns that are found very often in code examples, github, or stackoverflow.

I've tried today (for Python only):
    - GPT-J-6B engine in a webpage https://6b.eleuther.ai/ (6B stands for its size, 6 Billions parameters)
    - Codeon as a VScode extension https://github.com/sdpmas/Codeon
    - Kite https://www.kite.com/ as a VScode extension + local install of Kite Engine (GPT-2), which acts like autocomplete but seems smarter and more useful than the usual ms-python (IntelliSense).

The free ones I've tried are not as impressive as the teasers for the payed 'GitHub Copilot' of Microsoft (powered by OpenAI's GPT-3 with 125B params), but the results are very encouraging even with the free ones.  All I've seen so far are very simple examples or eye-catching demos, so not sure how useful such a free tool would be for writing small Python programs as a hobby. 

Anybody here using such tools instead of stackoverflow?
What other free+standalone/offline coding helpers I should try?


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