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How can an AI coding assistant help reduce production bugs?

How can an AI coding assistant help reduce production bugs?

Tabnine Team /
5 minutes /
February 5, 2023

What is an AI coding assistant?

An AI coding assistant is a type of software tool that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help developers write and debug code more efficiently. These tools can be used to provide suggestions and recommendations for code improvements, detect and fix errors, and offer real-time feedback as the developer is writing code.

AI code assistants can be integrated into an integrated development environment (IDE) or used as standalone tools. They use machine learning algorithms and natural language processing (NLP) to analyze code and provide intelligent recommendations based on best practices and coding standards. Some AI code assistants also have the ability to learn from the developer’s past coding habits and style, making their recommendations more personalized and relevant.

AI coding assistants can bring several benefits to the development process:

Increased productivity: Automate repetitive tasks, such as code completion and error checking, allowing developers to focus on more complex tasks.
Improved code quality: Identify and flag potential errors and bugs, reducing the likelihood of introducing new ones.
Streamlined collaboration: Help developers navigate large code bases, find relevant code snippets, and understand the intent of existing code.
Personalization: Some AI code assistants can be trained on specific code patterns and style, providing personalized recommendations and suggestions.

Here are some notable use cases for an AI-powered code assistant:

Web development: Assist with code completion, error checking, and debugging for web development languages such as JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.
Machine learning (ML): Assist with code completion, error checking, and debugging for machine learning frameworks such as TensorFlow, Keras, and PyTorch.
Mobile development: Assist with code completion, error checking, and debugging for mobile development languages such as Swift and Kotlin.
Data science: Assist with code completion, error checking, and debugging for data science languages such as Python and R.

How can AI coding assistant help reduce production bugs

An AI code completion tool provides recommendations to developers as they write code, helping them spot and correct issues without requiring manual checks. Fixing coding errors early in the code lifecycle is important to reduce the cost and technical burden of the software. Bugs become more difficult to address later in the development lifecycle and can negatively impact end-users once deployed to production.

Here are a few ways AI coding assistants can help reduce bugs in production:

Enforces coding best practices: Code completions are more readable and consistent, improving code maintainability and ensuring the code is more reliable.
Reduces code review workload: Coding assistants perform basic code reviews, leaving more time for human reviewers to identify deeper issues in the code, implement best practices and debug business logic issues.
Promotes use of safe libraries: Coding assistants base their recommendations on common programming practice, so will typically recommend popular, well-maintained third-party APIs and libraries, which can reduce issues in production.
Promoting safe code reuse: Some AI code assistants train on code previously created in an organization’s private code repositories. This means suggestions are based on trusted code that meets the organization’s quality standards – reducing the risk of low-quality dependencies and bugs in third-party libraries.

How to choose AI coding assistant software?

Here are some factors to consider when choosing an AI code assistant software:

Compatibility: Make sure the AI code assistant is compatible with the programming languages and technologies you are using.
Features: Consider the features that are most important to you, such as error detection, code completion, and real-time feedback.
Personalization: Evaluate if the solution is able to train on your organization’s codebase and integrate your individual best practices and quality standards into its code completions.
Integration: If you are using an integrated development environment (IDE), check to see if the AI code assistant integrates seamlessly with your IDE.
Ease of use: Look for an AI code assistant that is easy to use and has a user-friendly interface.
Cost: Consider your budget and compare the costs of different AI code assistants to find the one that fits your needs and price range.
Support: Look for an AI code assistant that offers good customer support, such as online documentation, tutorials, and community forums.
Reputation: Read reviews and ask other developers for their recommendations to get a sense of the reliability and effectiveness of different AI code assistants.

Reducing production bugs with Tabnine

Minimizing production errors is of utmost importance in software development as it guarantees a dependable and stable application for end-users. Tabnine, the AI coding assistant, aids developers in reducing production bugs by offering suggestions for code snippets based on the current context and team-specific coding standards. With over a million developers from various companies utilizing Tabnine as their AI assistant, it has become a widely adopted tool in the software development community. Tabnine Enterprise is specifically designed for use in corporate software development environments, offering enhanced security and compliance features, as well as support for multiple programming languages and integrated development environments. By utilizing Tabnine, developers can focus on complex problem-solving while the tool handles routine tasks, resulting in fewer production bugs and a faster, more efficient software development life cycle.

The AI that you control

Tabnine is the AI coding assistant that helps development teams of every size use AI to accelerate and simplify the software development process without sacrificing privacy, security, or compliance. Tabnine boosts engineering velocity, code quality, and developer happiness by automating the coding workflow through AI tools customized to your team. Tabnine supports more than one million developers across companies in every industry. 

Unlike generic coding assistants, Tabnine is the AI that you control:

It’s private. You choose where and how to deploy Tabnine (SaaS, VPC, or on-premises) to maximize control over your intellectual property. Rest easy knowing that Tabnine never stores or shares your company’s code.  

It’s personalized. Tabnine delivers an optimized experience for each development team. It’s context-aware and delivers precise and personalized recommendations for code generation, code explanations, guidance, and for test and documentation generation.

It’s protected. Tabnine is built with enterprise-grade security and compliance at its core. It’s trained exclusively on open source code with permissive licenses, ensuring that customers are never exposed to legal liability.

Tabnine provides accurate and personalized code completions for code snippets, whole lines, and full functions. Tabnine Chat in the IDE allows developers to communicate with a chat agent in natural language and get assistance with various coding tasks, such as: 

  • Generating new code 
  • Generating unit tests 
  • Getting the most relevant answer to your code
  • Mentioning and referencing code from your workspace
  • Explaining code
  • Extending code with new functionality
  • Refactoring code
  • Documenting code
  • Onboarding faster with the Onboarding Agent

Learn more about using Tabnine AI to analyze, create, and improve your code across every stage of development:

Try Tabnine for free today or contact us to learn how we can help accelerate your software development.