Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Don't Generate Glue...Exterminate!!

Today I saw the news of github's release of the "AI Autopilot". As far as I can tell, it's an impressive piece of engineering that shouldn't exist. I mean, "Paste Code from Stack Overflow as a Service" was supposed to be a joke, not a product spec.

As of this writing, the first example given on the product page is some code to call a REST service that does sentiment analysis, which the AI helpfully completes. For reference, this is the code:

#!/usr/bin/env ts-node

import { fetch } from "fetch-h2";

// Determine whether the sentiment of text is positive
// Use a web service
async function isPositive(text: string): Promise<boolean> {
  const response = await fetch(``, {
    method: "POST",
    body: `text=${text}`,
    headers: {
      "Content-Type": "application/x-www-form-urlencoded",
  const json = await response.json();
  return json.label === "pos";

Here is the same script in Objective-S:
#!env stsh
((ref: postForm:#{ #text: text }) at:'label') = 'pos'

And once you have it, reuse it. And keep those Daleks at bay.

1 comment:

Helge said...

Minor correction: "call a REST service" => "call a Web service". You don't really "call" resources, you fetch them or save them, etc.