In a move to undercut its competitors, Amazon has made its AI-powered coding assistant, CodeWhisperer, available for free to individual developers. The tool generates lines of code based on a text-based prompt within various integrated development environments (IDEs), such as Visual Studio Code. Originally available only to Amazon Web Services customers, the newly announced free tier will make it more accessible to developers who don’t use AWS.
CodeWhisperer has several features that set it apart from its competitors. The tool automatically filters out any code suggestions that are potentially biased or unfair, and flags any code that’s similar to open-source training data.
It also includes security scanning features that identify vulnerabilities within a developer’s code and provides suggestions to close any security gaps it uncovers.
In addition to CodeWhisperer, Amazon has launched Bedrock, which helps companies build and scale generative AI apps. Bedrock comes with a variety of foundational models (FMs) that developers can build upon, including Anthropic’s Claude, Stable Diffusion, and Amazon Titan. Third-party developers can use these FMs to create AI-powered tools that generate text, answer questions, create summaries, and more.