7 Useful AI Tools for Web Developers
In less than a year, AI-based tools have captivated the world. They are helping people from various industries: from bloggers to real estate agents and even web developers and scientists. In the previous article, we shared with you more artistic AI tools that benefit designers, copywriters, and other people from the creative industry.
Today we want to share with you seven great tools for web developers. People in this sector are constantly working with data. They spend much time on various research and bug fixes.
The Synergy Way team wants to help you ease your workdays with these seven proven AI-based services that can save hours of your valuable time weekly. Check them out and leave a comment with the tool you like the most.
Why do web developers use AI-based tools?
People with a more traditional mindset refuse to use AI tools saying no one can replace a human. Their more tech-savvy colleagues like to experiment with new tools to boost their workflow. And they are right!
Using additional tools is vital to keep your productivity. Many developers, even experienced ones, fall into brain fog, where they don’t know which decision suits them better. AI-based tools can help them find the best solution for this situation.
These services use machine learning algorithms that can predict what developers write in particular circumstances and show possible ways to continue the code.
Some tools use only public code from open sources. Others can access your code and try to mimic your coding style. What to choose depends on the task and project.
Code assistant that analyzes developers’ code to find their strengths and weaknesses. Once the tool analyzes the code, it offers suggestions to improve it based on the contest. Tabnine learns and adapts to your habits, offering realistic proposals based on recent experience.
Many developers compliment the tool’s advanced autocompletion, high efficiency, and API exploration capabilities. However, it is still not perfect. Tabnine can be resource-hungry and needs to be connected to the internet to get the best results.
It has a friendly price policy. In a free Starter plan, you can test the tool in short code competition based on permissive open-source licensed code.
In the Pro plan, you’ll get full-function code suggestions that can be based on open-source code or learn from your coding patterns. Here you can use natural language while asking the tool to code. It will cost $12/month.
The Enterprise plan suits big businesses as it provides context-aware completions that reflect the organization’s without exposing the actual code. It doesn’t train on your code unless you provide your codebase. The final price is negotiable.
While working on a difficult task, everyone wants some support close by. When you can’t have the actual person act as your coding copilot, it will be convenient to have an AI-based assistant that learns from your code.
GitHub Copilot can show your weak spots in coding and find ways to fix them. It shows you code suggestions that may suit the project. This feature helps with the “brain fog” moments, when you have multiple ideas about how to end the code but don’t know which one of them will be the best in your case.
According to reviews, Copilot understands popular APIs and frameworks and how to use them. You can describe the task as a comment and let the tool write part of the code instead of you. Double-check it and correct the code if needed. AI tools are still not perfect, so cross-checking is crucial.
It has two pricing plans: for Individuals and Businesses. The first one costs you $10/month or $100 annually. It can turn natural language prompts into code, offer suggestions, and filter vulnerabilities.
In the Business plan, you will get advanced license and policy management, corporate proxy support, and AI-based Copilot Chat.
It is the code reviewer that provides you with advanced troubleshooting recommendations. It will track bug statuses until you close them.
The tool uses AWS (Amazon Web Services) best security practices to find the vulnerability patterns in different services. It doesn’t flag syntactical mistakes, as they are easy to find even with older free tools. Instead, CodeGuru identifies complex problems and suggests troubleshooting measures for more serious issues like security analysis or leak prevention.
This tool works with Java and Python. You can access it from the Amazon CodeGuru Reviewer console, AWS CLI, CodeGuru Reviewer API, and AWS SDKs.
It doesn’t have unified pricing plans, as it provides a more personalized price policy. However, you can check their “predictable pricing model” article to precalculate the possible pricing for your case.
It is an AI-based tool aimed to ease the process of building project documentation. It doesn’t provide code fixes, but it saves hours of routine work. Especially, when you work in a big team, where proper documentation can save you hours or even days monthly.
Mintlify can create documentation from scratch or update your current docs, providing you with many ways to customize the style and structure. It supports API reference docs, and analytics to meet your needs.
It has a free plan, where you can produce SEO-optimized documentation, get auto-generated API docs, and add custom domains or third-party integrations. You will also get access to custom domains, in-app searches, and logs. It will be enough to test basic tool features.
The Startup plan will cost you $120/month, where you can add unlimited editors, and get access to the analytics and conversion insights, intelligent suggestions, and custom subpath/docs. You can also test ChatGPT for docs. Developers also promise to provide fast and efficient white-glove migrations.
Under the Enterprise plan, you’ll get full translation management, multiple documentation instances, access to authentication, and gated content. There will be no Mintlify branding. The price is negotiable and depends on the company’s needs.
Replit is a coding platform where users can learn to code, build their projects, and collaborate with others. If you don’t want to collaborate with other real users but still want some help, use their AI-based assistant called Ghostwriter. It understands code context, so it can provide valuable proposals to make your code better.
You can chat with the coding assistant right in the Replit IDE with plain text. The tool can also provide autocomplete suggestions that appear in-line while you code. The suggestions interface is highly similar to the iOS auto-completing text process. These features speed up the coding process, making it more efficient.
Ghostwriter provides proactive debugging: The tool detects problems in your code and suggests a possible fix. It also provides user-friendly summaries of your code.
It’s available on the Pro plan of Replit. If you don’t want to upgrade your current plan, you can order 1000 Cycles (internal services currency) for $10. That way you can launch a monthly Ghostwriter subscription.
It’s the case where the name speaks for itself. Bugsaura focuses on code patterns to find bugs and potential vulnerabilities. AI finds similar bugs and instantly tags them, so it will be easier to find, fix them in bulk, and share them with colleagues. It streamlines bug-tracking processes and boosts team productivity.
Bugsaura prioritizes bugs according to their complexity and priority. You can put images and enter device info to provide additional details in the big ticket.
It has a Chrome extension and an Android app, so you can capture bugs wherever you are. With Slack, Zendesk, Jira, and other integrations you can always communicate with the team.
Bugsaura supports common programming languages and works with common IDEs. It has one-click Excel/Google Sheet imports, so you can even print your bug report.
This tool has 2 plans: Free and Pro. In the first option, you have all features, but only for a team of up to 5 users. In the second option, you have 100 seats and priority customer support for $5 per month/user.
The AI-based service that can create, explain, and optimize SQL queries for you. It can save you hours of googling how to generate a correct SQL or NoSQL query. You can write it in plain language. The tool automatically generates a query that sticks with the context.
AI hints will ease this process even more. You can get proposals on how to ask HelperBot to write your query. It helps beginners or people who are struggling with the correct formulation.
In the Free plan, you’ll get 5,000 tokens per month, where you can generate, explain, optimize, and format SQL using AI. In the Generator plan, you’ll also get unlimited tokens, data schemas, data sources, and snippets per month. It will cost you $6/month.
In the Data Master plan, you’ll get advanced data intelligent tools, unlimited connection to data sources, and AI hints. It costs you $8/month.
You don’t need to be afraid of artificial intelligence. As of today, they are just a single-purpose tool that can help you to complete the highly specialized task. AI-based tools are not a modern workforce panacea since those services make mistakes too. So you don’t need to worry that they will replace you. It won’t happen for at least a few years.
However, those tools are becoming an integral part of the developer’s workflow. They can ease your work and save a few hours a week, making you more productive. So, people who use AI-based tools become more productive than traditional approach colleagues.
And it may affect the labor market since tech-savvy teams can do more work under the same deadlines. They get more clients, while traditional-minded teams lose their jobs. That’s why we recommend you try new AI-based tools. Try them, speed up your working process, and earn more money while providing excellent work to your clients!
What is an AI coding assistant?
It’s the program that is made on the machine-learning approach of AI usage. The tool analyzes patterns of your code, compares it to code, and looks for potential bugs and vulnerabilities to fix them.
Should I use AI tools for web development?
Yes, but you must double-check the generated code on your own. AI tools can fasten your work, but they can’t replace you.
What AI tools do developers like to use?
They like to use advanced debugging services like Tabnine, Bugsaura, and GitHub Copilot. They also like the tools that can help them write part of the code or documentation like Replit Ghostwriter, Amazon CodeGuru AI Helper Bot, or Mintlify.