ChatGPT for Developers

ChatGPT is ideal for developers to speed up coding and debugging their projects. This instructor-led training class covers the most useful and time-saving techniques of integrating ChatGPT within your daily workflow.

Prerequisites: You should be familiar with basic programming concepts and have written more than 5,000 lines of code. Basic knowledge of Python, HTML/CSS and JavaScript is helpful but not required.
Audience: Developers, devops engineers and database administrators
Price: $145 for a 2-hour live online class.
Objectives: Get hands-on experience with ChatGPT’s code assistance prompts and limitations

  • Experiment with alternatives like the GPT-3 Playground
  • Generate code in Python, JavaScript and other languages
  • Debug, translate, and optimize code
  • Generate unit tests, regular expressions and Unix/Powershell one-liners
  • Simulate SQL databases and other servers/APIs; generate sample data
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Course Outline

Part 1

  • Hidden Features in the ChatGPT Interface
    • New chats: some features you might not have noticed
    • Chat history: more features you might not have noticed
    • Settings
  • Limitations of ChatGPT as a Developer Tool
    • Context: memory limitations and how to overcome them
    • Availability: hacks to avoid downtime
    • Comparison with alternatives: Google Bard, Anthropic Claude, Perplexity, Github Copilot, TabNine
  • Commenting and Reformatting Code
    • Adding comments and docstrings
    • Reformatting your code for legibility, standardization, and/or brevity
  • Tips for Prompting
    • Giving ChatGPT a role to act out and setting its level of expertise
    • What to do when ChatGPT stops outputting prematurely
    • Other Tips & tricks
  • When to Use the GPT-3 Playground
    • Locating your API secret key and understanding API pricing
    • Practical application of the “Temperature” setting
    • Setting limits to the costs of API calls with the “Maximum Length” setting

Part 2

  • Generating Code
    • Creating one-page applications
    • Translating code
  • Dealing with Multiple Files and Large Text
    • Delineating multiple files in your prompt
    • Generating a web page with component HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files
  • Working with Existing Code
    • Explaining code
    • Commenting code and adding docstrings
    • Debugging tricks to fix stubborn bugs
    • Optimizing code for performance
    • Writing unit tests
  • Hacks
    • Generating regular expressions and Unix/Powershell one-liners
    • Acting as a database server and creating fake data with SQL
    • Acting as an Apache web server
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