In this post, I will be writing about how I used GitHub Copilot to write this post. You might be thinking that GitHub Copilot is a for writing code and you would right. However, it is a tool for writing content also.
This post is based on the following products:
|Visual Studio Code||1.67.0||Download|
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|GitHub Copilot Extension||1.7.4421||Install|
Note: Github Copilot is in Technical Preview when this post was written and is subject to change.
Now some of the suggestions that GitHub Copilot makes are a little freaky as to how good the predictions are. I’ll cover some of them in this post.
Before I show you some off them, I wanted to show you that GitHub pilot started working on the post before I even write the first word. When I start writing a post, I first start out with file name which is typically formatted
yyyy-mm-dd-title-of-post.md, which by the way this was suggested by GitHub Copilot. The file name for this post is
this-post-was-written-with-github-copilot.md. After the file is created I start working on the header or metadata for the post. Once I started typing
title: : for the header or metadata of this post, GitHub Copilot suggested the title of the post.
This is what a typical header looks like:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 --- title: "This post was written with GitHub Copilot" header: og_image: /assets/images/posts/header/github-copilot-writing.png date: 2022-01-13 17:30:00 -0700 categories: - Articles tags: - GitHub - CoPilot - blog ---
I recorded a video while I was writing this post so you can see, if you wish, how I use GitHub CoPilot to write this posts. If you watch the video, you will see my typing errors but more so how GitHub Copilot suggests the text for this post.
Now let’s look at some of the suggestions that GitHub Copilot has made.
Tip 1: Lists in Markdown
This blog is written using Markdown, more on this in a future post. In a previous post, I created a list of items I wanted to cover. Sample list below:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ## Presentation C# 10 language features ASP.NET Changes Maui, no, not the beach Performance improvements New APIs Other enhancements
Once I added the list above and start typing
### to create a new heading Github Copilot is going to suggest the next item in the list.
1 2 3 ### C# 10 language features ### ASP.NET Changes ### Maui, no, not the beach
Minute marker: 3:21 to 6:38
Tip 2: Clipboard
Github Copilot is going to suggest items from the clipboard that make sense. I am going to copy the url to this blog
josephguadagno.net to the clipboard, then create a link in the document.
Link to the blog: josephguadagno.net
That’s pretty cool.
Minute Marker: 8:28 to 8:40
Tip 3: Markdown Headers
After I typed the
## to indicate a H2 heading, Github copilot suggested that I name it
Tip 3: Markdown Preview but if I have labeled my headers as
Tip 2, etc is I had in the draft of this post all I would have had to do is hit
Minute Marker: 8:55 to 9:07
Tip 4: Patterns
Github Copilot is going to suggest patterns that make sense. I am going to create a pattern in the document.
After I typed
DistinctBy/InsertBy/, after I type
By/ was added. Github Copilot recognized the
*By/ pattern and suggested the next item in the list.
Minute Marker: 12:10 to 12:35
Things to Note
Validate URLs, it makes assumptions based on previous URLs or patterns that might not match the actual URL.
As I discover more about the features of GitHub Copilot, I will add to this post.
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