Today’s businesses run on software, whether they produce life-saving drugs, develop residential complexes, or manage a supply chain. The 2020 global pandemic accelerated many industries’ already ongoing digital transformation process. The new normal is demanding that we speed up software delivery. With this in mind, there’s no wonder why companies and investors are constantly looking for ways to boost productivity, shorten time-to-market, and improve coding experiences. Focusing on devs and industry pain points seems to be a perfect strategy to get the right insights and make it happen.
One of the main pain points for programmers is that they spend about 70% of their time understanding code. Feeling lost in their code is one of the reasons this happens since large, cluttered codebases seem to be the rule. What’s more, the industry is in continuous movement. This entails projects’ takeover challenges and job switches, which means lots of time invested in team members’ onboardings. Other decisive factors that cause this disheartening percentage are fast-scaling teams, tribal knowledge, and technical debt or legacy code.
Now let’s look at one of the most prominent industry pain points, the shortage of professionals. Reveal’s Top Software Development Challenges for 2022 survey stated, “Software Developer will be one of the top four in-demand professions over the next ten years with almost 200,000 difficult-to-replace openings yearly.” This statistic is why every day, more and more software development companies are going global with their teams, and the main reason why counting on an AI product that improves remote collaboration is critical for any tech organization.
“How can we solve these coding challenges? We can count on the usual suspect: AI technology. This field has more than 50 years of evolution, but since 2017 and mainly the last five years, the impact of Natural Language Processing models has been huge. These models understand natural language and comprehend code, and this is what we’re doing at Augoor,” states Tiburcio de la Cárcova, Augoor’s CEO.
Demystifying AI as a coding ally
In recent years, artificial intelligence solutions have been present in almost every industry to replace routine tasks or augment people’s experiences. And the software development sector is one of the biggest beneficiaries of AI technology, as it can improve practically any process and boost team collaboration.
Initially, coding enhancing programs for engineers start by following rigorous guidelines (also known as “heuristics”), and usually, it has no AI at all. As these guidelines become more intricate, eventually, it becomes nearly impossible for a human to comprehend everything, and this is where AI enters the equation.
AI has a vital role in software development in the long run since it aims to reduce repetitive tasks, allowing devs to focus on more creative tasks and become more productive. And this is why Augoor is taking advantage of machine learning algorithms,deep learning (neural networks), and natural language processing’s evolution, plus Open AI’s GPT-3 training data, to smarten up software development processes.
Augoor makes code more accessible by helping people understand and document codebases from multiple repositories. How? As a developer would document code, but automatically and in a natural way to keep code healthy. Also, different layers of information are generated with code auto-tagging and intelligent query suggestions for the best code exploration experience, boosting teams with AI technology to foster a healthier collaborative culture.
“Augoor is like a navigation tool, but for devs: we get them to their destination within codebases from multiple repositories. And we do it fast and simple,” added Tiburcio. “With Augoor, engineers can spend much more time creating rather than understanding and fixing code, giving us millions of opportunities to witness more innovative AI products.”