ChatGPT, will it help or hurt new developers?

Who else was motivated to learn how to code after chatGPT became mainstream?

Did it motivate you? :smiley:

it definitely did, I’m just curious as to how it is affecting new developers. It feels like everything i am starting to learn is useless since chatGPT is fluent in so many programming languages.

ChatGPT is not fluent in programming languages. It can statistically guess useful things to say sometimes. It can guess completely wrong things too.

ChatGPT is like a great salesman. It can talk a lot of sense to you and you may even believe it is all true, because it is smart enough to put words in the right sequence, but deep down it does not really know what it is talking about.


Thanks, make me feel like i am not wasting my time

I think it’s great that you are inspired by that software to learn how it works.

I don’t think that ChatGPT (or any similar technology) will significantly impact developers. If you’re having trouble getting good Google results for something you’re researching, it would be worth a shot to see what its engines come up with. I’ve tried that a couple of times.

I was half way through my full-stack software dev course when I found ChatGPT. It was quite useful as a study aid. You can rely on it in a pinch to help with prototyping within your projects. But its biggest perk is perhaps how it can help you add structure to almost anything. With the right prompting it can generate outlines for how to approach a problem. Break it into small, manageable pieces. I’m happy to share some prompt ideas and elaborate if anyone is interested.

Chat GPT will mostly help new devs since it can be used as an always online personal coding tutor