Meta has introduced a new AI that can assist users in generating programming code simply by providing instructions to the AI about what the code should accomplish.

Code Llama

The codebot is called “Code Llama” and utilizes Meta’s large language model (LLM) Llama 2, which was released earlier this year. Just like Llama 2, Code Llama is released as open source, allowing users to download and modify it as they see fit. Meta further elaborates on Code Llama:

Code Llama is state-of-the-art for publicly available LLMs on code tasks, and has the potential to make workflows faster and more efficient for current developers and lower the barrier to entry for people who are learning to code. Code Llama has the potential to be used as a productivity and educational tool to help programmers write more robust, well-documented software.

Code Llama

Code Llama will compete with similar tools from Microsoft (Github CoPilot), Amazon (CodeWhisperer), and Google (Ghostwriter). Unlike these, Meta’s Code Llama will be free and so far the only option released under an open-source license. You can learn more about Code Llama and download the code required to run the AI at the link below.

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