Klaus Breyer Tech Leadership, Product Delivery & Startup Strategy.

How I Use ChatGPT to Enhance My Productivity for Software Development

I recently found out that not everyone in tech is using ChatGPT daily. That surprised me. Software development is a fast-paced game. It’s not just about cranking out code; it’s about solving problems efficiently. And ChatGPT has been a game-changer for me in that regard.

Here are the examples with the most impact in my daily development and product work:

1. Unix Sorcery and Shellscripts: From AWS commands, sed, jq to modifying makefiles for different operating systems, ChatGPT has been a beacon of knowledge. Tasks that once felt like insurmountable challenges are now tackled with finesse and precision.

2. JIRA Queries: Crafting the perfect JIRA query can be daunting. With directives like project = HYX and issuetype not in [Epic] ORDER BY Rank ASC, ChatGPT steps in to optimize and rectify queries, ensuring project management runs smoother than ever.

3. GitHub Actions: Whether it’s orchestrating tests based on the fly.io template or invoking other actions before deployment, ChatGPT has proven indispensable. I’ve presented ChatGPT with GitHub Actions examples, sparing the nitty-gritty details, and with a sprinkle of context from my project, it works wonders.

4. ESLint: Have you ever needed to augment your ESLINT config to block certain module imports? ChatGPT is at your service.

5. FFmpeg: FFmpeg, while powerful, can be intricate. ChatGPT demystifies it, offering a user-friendly interface that assists in tasks like generating screenshots from a collection of MP4 files.

6. Documentation and API Integration: Channeling documentation and APIs into GPT-4 to craft interfaces sounds surreal. Yet, with ChatGPT, this dream morphs into reality.

7. Translation and Product Localization: In our globalized marketplace, localization is paramount. ChatGPT facilitates translation and ensures the product’s core essence remains unaltered across languages.

8. Hugo: Got a German blog post that needs translation to English without disrupting the markdown format? Are you looking for pertinent tags for your content? ChatGPT has you covered.

9. Google Spreadsheet Formulas: For those grappling with the complexities of Google spreadsheet formulas, ChatGPT emerges as a lifesaver.

10. Kubernetes (k8s) Operations: Grasping the k8s concept is one thing; handling the tool is another. With ChatGPT, even the intricacies of tools like k8s become manageable.

11. Code Architecture: When I ventured to develop a project in Go, sans a framework, I encountered challenges in template organization. I aspired for a structure reminiscent of React with a child parameter. ChatGPT not only illuminated the path but also inspired innovative ideas.

In short, ChatGPT isn’t just another tool. It’s a reliable sidekick that makes my work better and easier. It’s not just about doing more; it’s about understanding more and creating better solutions. If you’re in tech, you should give it a try. It could change the way you work.