Chatbots and conversational AIs have taken over the world by storm, especially after the introduction of openly available, highly sophisticated, and data-driven chatbots such as ChatGPT or Bard.AI.
However, AI has been making its way into the technology well before ChatGPT (which was introduced in 2022). Self-Driving cars, virtual assistants, and recommender systems are only some of the examples that have been using AI.
AI is the ability of a machine to act and think like a human, which is incredibly helpful to us to automate workflow at every stage. And likewise, AI is rapidly changing the software development landscape. Here are some of the ways AI is shaping software development:
1. Increase Speed Of Development
AI tools can help to shorten the coding time for developers; they can even create totally new applications from scratch!
All you have to do is type up your prompt with your requirements and you will get at least a basic level code. You can then modify it, fill in the gaps, and make the code more detailed by (guess what?) with the AI itself!
And if you happen to already have the code for software in one coding language (say Python) and you want to translate it into another coding language (e.g., Java), the translation process can be mundane and difficult for a human. The AI will translate it for you in a couple of seconds!
2. Improve Quality Of Software
AI can help diagnose errors without the need for human intervention; it can then suggest fixes or, better yet, implement them for you. This reduces maintenance costs and improves the time to production as well.
The cherry on the topping is the Machine Learning or Deep Learning techniques (or a combination of both). These can predict errors and retain the data so the error can be avoided in the future – making AI the perfect companion for Fintech companies to perform lucrative trades, daily.
3. Improving User Experience
Software development is an evolving process that regularly introduces new features, issue updates, and bug fixes. Therefore, it is incredibly crucial to keep the users informed about upcoming changes.
AI Chatbots become very useful in this regard – they offer a platform for users to communicate and get their queries solved without any delay.
Numerous customer services websites, such as BookMyShow and MakeMyTrip, are powered by AI chatbots to help their visitors.
Tara.AI and KITE are some other potent tools that can ease up the life of coders. These act like autosuggestion tools but for codes. So, while the developer is writing their code, they are getting suggestions to finish their code, in real time.
This improves the user experience for the developers and helps them to finish their codes sooner with top-notch quality.
AI is rapidly revolutionizing the software development landscape and is making developers’ life easier.
Now, this is in terms of automating repetitive and mundane tasks such as finishing lines of code to complete a straightforward logic. Although AI helps speed things up, it doesn’t eliminate the need for competent developers.
Because at the end of the day, it is the developers who have to give the spot-on commands to the AI to fulfill a task for them. And even then, the developers have to ensure the AI gives the right results each time.
Regardless, AI is becoming super-intelligent with each passing day and it won’t be long before it is utilized in every stage of the software development lifecycle – from requirements gathering to testing to, finally, the deployment.
The article was written in cooperation with the experts of SoftKraft – Python Software Development Company