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Ben Nadel at CFUNITED 2009 (Lansdowne, VA) with: Bruno Lopes and Simon Free
Ben Nadel at CFUNITED 2009 (Lansdowne, VA) with: Bruno Lopes and Simon Free@simonfree )

Working Code Podcast - Episode 82: GitHub Charging For Copilot

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This week on the show, the crew talks about GitHub Copilot. After being in private beta for several months, this "AI pair programmer" is now generally available as a paid product for $10/month or $100/year. But is this something people want to pay for? Will a price put the kibosh on grassroots adoption? Are there pros-and-cons to different pricing models? And, is there ever going to be a world in which I can get past my own fanatical formatting tendencies?

All that and more on this week's show:

... featuring these beautiful, beautiful people:

With audio editing and engineering by ZCross Media.

For the full show notes and links, visit the episode page. And, be sure to follow the show and come chat with us on Discord! Our website is workingcode.dev and we're @WorkingCodePod on Twitter and Instagram. New episodes drop weekly on Wednesday.

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Been a pretty big fan of the Tabnine extension for VSCode. Not sure if it's the same thing, but I can't imagine how different it could be. Will have to research it, but pretty sure, too, I won't be paying for it! :)

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@Will,

I've heard people say great things about Tabnine as well, though I haven't tried it myself. Do you have an idea where it gets its test data from? Wasn't sure if it was also using GitHub public repos or something.

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As far as I can tell, it's all from "your code". I think it runs locally, mostly, and dependent on your CPU, resources. There is a paid version that is "smarter" (I guess?) and talks to their servers.

I found it to be pretty amazing, just the local, free version. You start noticing pretty quickly. One, it tends to understand your variable names. Two, it seems to detect patterns and can help you finish lines of code.

Good enough for me!

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