Last week, our Automation Partner, UiPath, highlighted several ways ChatGPT can help simplify your automation development process for both technical and non-technical people.

As generative artificial intelligence (AI) moves to the forefront of technology, OpenAI’s ChatGPT is the backbone of this shift, bringing recent advances in the field to millions worldwide. From understanding code written by other developers to generating code documentation and test code for specific code sequences, ChatGPT is full of features designed to help you streamline your processes and save valuable time.

We tested these features below and saw first-hand how ChatGPT can revolutionize the automation development process. Stay tuned!

  1. Understanding other developers’ code: ChatGPT is a great tool for helping professional developers answer questions about other developers’ code. It’s as simple as pasting the code into ChatGPT and asking for an explanation of what it does. This can help automation developers better understand lesser-used programming languages like VB.Net, SOQL, JQL, LINQ, and others.

Below, we gave him a piece of code to ChatGPT and asked him to “decipher” it:

Benefit: ChatGPT allows developers to expand their knowledge of programming languages and they won’t have to spend hours deciphering other developers’ code.

  1. Quickly creating documentation for code:

Developers often have to create user documentation for their code to help end-users understand how to use the software. This task can be time-consuming and tedious, but ChatGPT can help make it easier. By pasting system information into ChatGPT, developers can ask common questions that users might have, such as “How do I log in to the system?” or “How do I search for a specific item?” ChatGPT can then provide answers that developers can use as a starting point for their own documentation.

Benefit: Create user documentation more efficiently and potentially automate updates, saving developers time and effort.

  1. Creating code from natural language requests:

This feature allows even non-technical users to become developers. By using natural language descriptions, business users and citizen developers can explain what they want to achieve, and then ask the model to write the code to achieve it. This functionality greatly expands the pool of potential developers and can empower businesses to create custom solutions quickly and efficiently. Furthermore, this approach to coding can reduce the amount of time and effort spent on training employees in traditional coding methods, making it an attractive option for companies looking to quickly scale their automation initiatives.

Moreover, ChatGPT provides all the necessary explanations about the process in a natural language, easy to understand even for non-technical people:

Benefit: ChatGPT facilitates citizen development by enabling non-technical users to generate automation workflows through natural language descriptions.

  1. Generating test data:

ChatGPT can be useful for developers who need to test their applications with realistic data but cannot use real data due to privacy concerns. With ChatGPT, developers can quickly generate a randomized set of test data, such as marketing contact lists, with specific fields like Name, Phone Number, and Address for a specific state or region. This can help developers test their applications with a large dataset that closely mimics real data, without risking exposing any sensitive or confidential information. Additionally, this can save developers a lot of time and effort that would otherwise be spent manually creating test data.

Benefit: Speed up the process of creating test data for developers by generating randomized sets of fake data that adhere to logical integrity rules.

  1. Generating test code for a code sequence:

With ChatGPT, developers can generate testing code for a variety of programming languages, including Python, JSON, C, or XAML, and ensure that all test cases are covered by generating the necessary test data. This can save developers a significant amount of time and effort that would otherwise be spent manually creating test code and test data.

Benefit: ChatGPT speeds up the process of creating test scripts for workflows.

And most importantly, to provide a detailed understanding of the process, ChatGPT gives explanations for each scenario offered:

After testing out the various use cases, we can confidently say that ChatGPT is a highly useful tool for automation developers. Its advanced generative AI capabilities and user-friendly interface make it an ideal choice for simplifying and speeding up workflows.

So, if you want to optimize your development processes, we recommend you try ChatGPT – you won’t be disappointed!

See the power of ChatGPT in action! Learn how we used this technology to automate content translation and save valuable time in the following video: