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64% of Software Devs Use GenAI as a Coding Assistant

A staggering 64% of IT professionals worldwide have embraced generative AI (GenAI) in software development, a sign that this technology will fundamentally reshape how software is built.

Developers leverage GenAI at work mainly for coding (33% of respondents), writing documentation (29%), research (28%), writing tests (23%), troubleshooting/debugging (21%) and CLI commands (20%), according to a survey by cloud platform provider Docker.

“AI tools are becoming indispensable in enhancing efficiency and problem-solving capabilities, allowing developers to focus on more creative and important work,” the report noted.

Among the most popular tools mentioned in the report were ChatGPT (used by 46% of respondents), GitHub Copilot (30%) and Google Bard, now known as Gemini (19%).

According to the survey, 65% of respondents viewed AI positively, with 61% stating it makes their job easier and 55% saying it allows them to focus on more important tasks.

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While some criticize AI for writing low-quality code, this hasn’t stopped developers from experimenting with it under supervision. This suggests that a combination of human oversight and automated workflows is crucial for maximizing the benefits of these solutions.

However, not all developers are fully on board with AI. Some are more skeptical, with 23% seeing it as a potential threat to their jobs and 19% believing it makes their jobs more complicated.

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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