Amazon debuts with CodeWhisperer as an AI code writing tool for technical workers

Amazon on Thursday announced a tool to help software developers write code, the latest such effort by the technology industry.

The service, called Amazon CodeWhisperer, suggests how to program, and also scans for security and bias issues in web developers’ projects, said Swami Sivasubramanian, a vice president at Amazon’s cloud division, at a corporate conference in Las Vegas.

Amazon’s newly launched CodeWhisperer is a machine learning (ML) powered service. It claims to help improve developer productivity by generating code recommendations. According to the information provided by AWS, these recommendations will be based on developers’ comments in natural language and their code in the integrated development environment (IDE).

CodeWhisperer claims to take care of all the needs of a developer while writing code, which includes multiple programming languages, frameworks, software libraries, and popular cloud services. The algorithm selects the command by the user and selects the best cloud service and public libraries that are suitable for the specified task. It then recommends a snippet of code directly in the source code editor.

The AI ​​algorithm is available for free preview in Java, JavaScript and Python programming languages. The service integrates with several IDEs, including JetBrains (IntelliJ, PyCharm and WebStorm), Visual Studio Code, AWS Cloud9 and the AWS Lambda console.

In addition, developers can also protect their codes by using CodeWhisperer to detect vulnerabilities in their projects and build applications responsibly.

The company also announced that support for the AWS Lambda Console is currently working and should be ready soon.

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