• author: Nick Chapsas

Exploring GitHub Co-Pilot for Docs: A Comprehensive Guide

In this video, Nick introduces the GitHub Co-Pilot for Docs, a new feature of GitHub Pilot. As a big fan of AI and its potential for developers, Nick is excited to show what this tool can do to enhance productivity.

How It Works

The GitHub Co-Pilot for Docs is an AI chatbot that can learn from the official documentation and answer users' questions in a chat-like format. It is presently available for Doc sets like GitHub, React, MDN, Webpack, and TypeScript. Users can ask any question related to the Doc sets, and Co-Pilot will provide accurate answers based on the documentation. In the future, users will be able to train it with their own documentation.

Initial Experience

Nick shares his personal experience with Co-Pilot for Docs, starting with a disclaimer that it is still a work in progress. He mentions a few Doc sets, which link to the sources where Co-Pilot learns the information. Nick starts with Azure, a technology he is familiar with, and asks a question about Cosmos DB.

Contextual Answers

Nick asks Co-Pilot what his RU (Request Unit) container should look like to start around 10 GB of data per month, considering that the data is mostly write-heavy with around 1000 writes per second. His query also mentions the readings that can fluctuate between 1-10 per second and spike 500 per second for a brief period of time.

Co-Pilot takes a few seconds to give a balanced answer. It recommends considering the size of data items, estimating the total number of RUs per second for his workload, and using Auto Scaling throughout put to adjust RU usage based on demand. It also guides Nick to a table on how physical partitions work but gives him an option to ignore it. Finally, Co-Pilot provides Nick with an estimated cost. Nick is impressed that Co-Pilot consolidated all the information into one response, which he feels might have taken a long time to search for manually.

Follow-Up Questions

Nick then asks Co-Pilot how much the minimum and maximum US dollars he'll have to pay for his container would be. Co-Pilot starts by acknowledging that it has to do with the number of regions in which Nick replicates his data can have Geo replication. It then gives him an option between reserved capacity or pay-as-you-go pricing and provides detailed information on the estimated cost for each option.


Nick concludes by stating that Co-Pilot was helpful and kept up with his queries' context. It is a valuable tool for developers who need quick answers related to Doc sets' documentation. Users may rely on Co-Pilot as their personal Doc sets assistant, which will enhance their productivity and make their work faster and more efficient.

The Benefits of Using Azure Cosmos and Comparative Analysis with AWS DynamoDB

Azure Cosmos is a powerful tool for businesses to store, manage, and scale data. In addition to providing access to multiple regions, it offers reserved capacity and allows for context preservation like GBT. This feature can be especially useful for companies since it helps answer questions and gives sources on where it found information. The calculations are also accurate, making it an excellent choice for businesses looking for a reliable data storage option.

Here, we will compare Azure Cosmos with AWS DynamoDB, which is not a straightforward comparison given the differences in pricing models. However, Azure Cosmos can be trained on AWS terminology and gives multiple references to reset oneself and find accurate information.

We tested how much the same table would cost in AWS DynamoDB, and it gave us exact values while taking into account all features needed to compare pricing. This is where the use of Azure Cosmos can be game-changing for companies.

As more companies add their data to this shared source and train it, it will become even more beneficial to use as a single point of reference. Using one source for information can be a game-changer for companies, especially for larger ones that find it difficult to find information in various sources.

Are you using Azure Cosmos or AWS DynamoDB in your business? Let us know in the comments below. Keep coding!

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