Originally posted on makeuseof.
ChatGPT has so many potential coding uses, there are probably many that haven’t even been imagined yet. Find out about some that have.
Since OpenAI announced the launch of ChatGPT, the phenomenal AI chatbot has found a space for itself in many fields, including the complex, fast-moving field of programming.
But what exactly can you do with ChatGPT as a programmer? Beyond the hype, what practical ways can you use the AI chatbot in your day-to-day workflow as a programmer? We’ve put together nine practical ways to integrate ChatGPT into your workflow as a programmer.
1. Generate Efficient Algorithms
While some programmers are rapidly outsourcing the entire software development process to ChatGPT, this could be a recipe for disaster. ChatGPT can generate some impressive code. But it’s best to use it as a companion tool while human programmers keep control of the bulk of the development process.
A good way to do this is to let the chatbot help you lay out an efficient algorithm while you work on the rest of the puzzle to create a robust program. You can ask ChatGPT to generate an algorithm either in plain text, using ASCII art, in a tree format, using boxes, or any other creative visualization technique you can think of.
2. Generate Placeholder and Filler Content
As a programmer, you’ll likely need placeholder data to work with from time to time. Whether it’s database data to test your APIs or long-form text to populate web pages, ChatGPT can generate different kinds of dummy data to suit your needs.
ChatGPT can generate filler content in SQL, JSON, CSV, and dozens of other formats. It can even create native data structures like arrays and lists, in any popular programming language of choice.