GitLab Inc. has unveiled enhancements to GitLab Duo, its suite of AI features. This includes the introduction of GitLab Duo Chat beta in the GitLab 16.6 November product release and the official launch of GitLab Duo Code Suggestions in the GitLab 16.7 December product release, marking significant updates.
GitLab Duo Chat, a powerful natural-language AI assistant, provides users with real-time guidance, insights, and suggestions to help analyze code, assist with planning, understand and fix security issues, troubleshoot CI/CD pipeline failures, assist with merge requests, and more. Duo Chat beta joins Code Suggestions as one of the two primary interfaces into GitLab’s AI-powered suite within its DevSecOps platform.
GitLab Duo is a suite of 14 AI capabilities, including Suggested Reviewers, Code Suggestions, Chat, Vulnerability Summary, Code Explanation, Planning Discussions Summary, Merge Request Summary, Merge Request Template Population, Code Review Summary, Test Generation, Git Suggestions, Root Cause Analysis, Planning Description Generation, and Value Stream Forecasting.
According to the GitLab State of AI in Software Development report, developers spend only 25% of their time writing code. GitLab Duo reduces toolchain sprawl and optimizes the entire software development lifecycle, leading to 7x faster cycle times, better developer productivity, and reduced software spend.
In addition, GitLab will make Code Suggestions generally available in the 16.7 December product release. Code Suggestions helps development, security, and operations teams create new code and update existing code to reduce cognitive load, improve efficiency, and enable them to build more secure software faster.
GitLab’s report also found that 83% of DevSecOps professionals said implementing AI in their software development processes is essential to avoid falling behind competitors, while 95% said they prioritize privacy and protection of intellectual property when selecting an AI tool.
GitLab Duo improves team collaboration and reduces the security and compliance risks of AI adoption by bringing the entire software development lifecycle into a single AI-powered application that is privacy and transparency first. This privacy-first approach helps provide the important information that customers need regarding GitLab Duo’s AI-assisted features and the ways in which data is securely used and protected.
“The developers we speak with at RedMonk are keenly interested in the productivity and efficiency gains that code assistants promise. GitLab’s Duo Code Suggestions is a welcome player in this space, expanding the available options for enabling an AI-enhanced software development lifecycle,” said Kate Holterhoff, industry analyst, Redmonk
“The introduction of GitLab Duo Chat furthers our momentum and focus to bring AI beyond just code creation,” said David DeSanto, chief product officer, GitLab. “To realize AI’s full potential, it needs to be embedded across the software development lifecycle, allowing DevSecOps teams to benefit from boosts to security, efficiency, and collaboration. Organizations have never been more pressed to deliver innovation faster at lower costs while minimizing security risk, and we believe GitLab’s AI-powered DevSecOps Platform can help drive that efficiency.“
To read more about how GitLab Duo protects customers’ proprietary data.