If you’re a happy RStudio user, you may never have had the urge to try another editor for R (or even Python). But if you want to try GitHub Copilot—GitHub’s new AI-based coding assistant—you’ll need to write your code in Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code. So far, GitHub Copilot is only available in Microsoft’s editor—not surprising, considering Microsoft owns GitHub.
GitHub Copilot uses AI to suggest lines of code as you’re working. It isn’t optimized for R, but it still will recommend R code. David Smith, cloud advocate at Microsoft, tweeted a brief demo showing that the GitHub Copilot beta can even suggest tidyverse code as well as base R.