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Google's Gemini Code Assist: A New Era in AI Coding

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Google's latest AI-powered tool, Gemini Code Assist, is here to revolutionise the way you code.

Unveiled at the Cloud Next conference, this enterprise-focused AI code completion and assistance tool is set to give GitHub’s Copilot a run for its money.

Gemini Code Assist is the new and improved version of the now-defunct Duet AI. With a major update and rebrand, Google is stepping up its game in the coding world. The tool will be available through plug-ins for popular editors like VS Code and JetBrains, making it accessible for a wide range of developers.

What sets Code Assist apart from its competitors, including GitHub’s Copilot Enterprise, is its support for Gemini 1.5 Pro. This version boasts a million-token context window, allowing the tool to pull in a massive amount of context. This means more accurate code suggestions and the ability to reason over and change large chunks of code. It's like having a coding genius right at your fingertips!


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But that's not all. Code Assist can also be fine-tuned based on a company’s internal code base. This feature is currently in preview, but it's already showing promising results. Kai Du, Director of Engineering and Head of Generative AI at Turing, reported a significant increase in the quality of Gemini’s assistance for their developers.

Google's Code Assist stands out further with its ability to support codebases that sit on-premises, in GitLab, GitHub, and Atlassian’s BitBucket, as well as those split between different services. This versatility sets it apart from other popular competitors in the space.

Google is also partnering with developer-centric companies like Stack Overflow, Datadog, Datastax, Elastic, and others, bringing their knowledge bases to Gemini.

The real test, however, will be how developers react to Code Assist and how useful its suggestions are. Google is making the right moves here, but if the latency is too high or the results simply aren’t that good, none of those features matter.

In addition to Code Assist, Google also announced the launch of CodeGemma, a new open model in its Gemma family that was fine-tuned for code generation and assistance. CodeGemma is now available through Vertex AI.

Google also announced Gemini Cloud Assist to help “cloud teams design, operate, and optimize their application lifecycle.” The tool can generate architecture configuration that are tailored to a company’s needs, diagnose issues, find their root causes, and optimize a company’s cloud usage to reduce cost or improve performance.

So, developers, are you ready to step into the future of coding with Gemini Code Assist?


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