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    Copilot helps me explore algorithms, because I can describe what I am trying do to and it implements it for me.

    I was studying SAT solvers, and Copilot could easily generate a solver. That’s acceleration. Then I could change small parts of the code by trying new data structures, and Copilot would generate the code for me. That’s exploration. After getting a basic DPLL solver right, I then did more exploration and added watch lists and other optimizations. If I had to code all the underlying data structures from scratch, it would be dead boring.

    For some languages it works really nicely: C, Python, JavaScript, and even Haskell. For others, it’s a bit more difficult, like Rust. It tends to write code that is not idiomatic, but it’s still useful.

    (And yes this comment was written basically by Copilot)