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AI Prompts for Success as a Web Developer

December 15, 2023
December 20, 2023
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AI tools have taken off over the past year touching almost every aspect of the internet, and web development is no exception. Chatbots like ChatGPT and Copilot (Bing Chat) can be used to help write code, troubleshoot, and learn web development in a way that is much more interactive than a traditional Google search. In this episode, Matt and Mike discussed how they use these AI tools in both their learnings and production work. The duo covered how to approach these new AI chatbots as they're something that is well beyond the commonplace assistants that we have today like Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri. Learn how to add AI to your web development toolkit and get work done faster.


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What you'll learn in this episode

  • How to use AI chatbots (Copilot/Bing Chat & ChatGPT) when learning web development
  • How to approach a conversation with one of these bots as its different than previous voice assistants

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Show Notes

  • Copying, pasting, and asking
    - If I don’t know what a piece of code is doing, I will copy and paste it into the conversation and ask 
    - Usually the AI will assume the context if its general enough, but sometimes it can benefit from being given more “surrounding” code so it knows more about the big picture
  • Ask for examples
    - When I was confused about why we would use arrow functions with a let versus a const, I asked copilot for help, it gave me an answer in paragraph form that I didn’t really understand, so I asked it to explain it with examples and it proceeded to generate a couple with accompanying explanations
  • Expand inquiries
    - Don’t just stop at whatever answer you were given, if it’s not enough
    - You can ask for explanations with examples, can even ask it to explain things differently altogether (ie explain it to me in terms a child would understand)
  • Troubleshooting
    - I would paste in an error that I get in the console and give it some code for context as well and ask it for ideas on how to solve this error
  • Design Help
    - I suck at design so I ask it for layout and color help
    - It can give a good starting point for what a layout should look like if you feed it the requirements of your app
    - With ChatGPT’s integration with Dalle3 it can also create designs you can use/alter for images, background, etc.


  • Michael LaRocca
    - Author of the Self-Taught the X Generation blog, at