Building Blocks

January 2023

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It’s a new year, and it’s a new you, so get ready for an all-new edition of Building Blocks. We’ll uncover the rationale behind Stack Overflow’s ban on ChatGPT, bring you the top three sessions on developer productivity from AWS re: Invent, and top it all off with some recommendations for the month.

Happy reading!

ChatGPT is incredibly limited, but good enough at some things to create a misleading impression of greatness.”

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI

In Focus

ChatGPT gets banned by Stack Overflow - But why?

What is ChatGPT and how smart is it?​

ChatGPT, born on 30th November 2022, has become a viral sensation in the tech realm.

Greg Brockman, President of OpenAI tweeted that more than one million people had signed up to test the cutting-edge technology within five days of its launch. People are flooding Twitter feeds with hundreds of screenshots of their ChatGPT conversations.

We tried it out for ourselves and here is one of the results!

It’s amazing to see how the powerful AI tool responds to the questions within 10 seconds. Is ChatGPT a know-it-all AI tool and is it always correct? The answer is not always, and OpenAI agrees to that as a limitation.

ChatGPT is incredibly limited, but good enough at some things to create a misleading impression of greatness.”

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI

Not smart enough for Stack Overflow!

Stack Overflow banned the use of ChatGPT due to concerns about the accuracy of answers provided by the chatbot and the lack of expertise of some of the users posting answers with its help. Some developers and moderators supported the ban and called for it to be made permanent. 

Is the Stack Overflow ban the end of the road for ChatGPT? Or will it become a game-changer platform to solve simple to complex problems? Jonathan Vanian, a Tech reporter at CNBC, has shared how some organizations are leveraging ChatGPT to innovate and deliver.


Kubernetes: Set default namespaces

You can divide a Kubernetes cluster into multiple environments by using namespaces (for example, Dev1, Dev2, QA1, QA2, etc.) and each environment can be managed by a different user. 

Run the following command before executing the kubectl commands, and it will save the namespace for all subsequent kubectl commands for your current context:

Our vision for developer experience is a delightful flow for all the developers and every dev team.”

Amazon Web Services


In action

AWS re: Invent-ing developer productivity

AWS re: Invent 2022 was a huge success! It inspired and challenged the audience to rethink and innovate. This year’s conference covered three major areas: data and observability, security, and performance. We’ve put together our top three sessions that focus on developer productivity and DevOps – check them out!

Our vision for developer experience is a delightful flow for all the developer and every dev team.”

Amazon Web Services

Amazon CodeCatalyst

Adam Seligman gave a walkthrough of the recently launched developer tool CodeCatalyst at AWS re: Invent 2022. The tool offers an integrated experience and includes source repositories, continuous integration, build infrastructure, issue tracker, dashboard and reports. Check out the video here.

Amazon CodeWhisperer, CodeGuru, and DevOps Guru

Rafael Ramos and Shivansh Singh gave a walkthrough of the powerful ML tools that will help you write and review code, build and deploy, and provide observability. Check out the video here.

Evolving IaC operations

Ben Perak and Tatiana Cooke shared a deep dive into AWS infrastructure-as-code portfolio, the future roadmap for IaC at Amazon, and the importance of the GitOps and DevOps approach in building infrastructure. Check out the video here.


Catch up on all the exciting content from AWS re: Invent here and drop in a comment to share what you are planning to reinvent this new year.

Be There

CES 2023

Consumer Technology Association is organising the most influential tech event – CES 2023 at Las Vegas, NV, from Jan 5 – 8, 2023. Get a chance to witness what the future looks like for different industries and how innovation in technology is shaping their business and growth.

PS: You can also attend the event virtually.

Long Read

How does Slack use Terraform?

Slack has become a game-changer in today’s collaborative workspace with a user base of 12 million in 2022. Check out this article to learn how Slack uses Terraform to manage its infrastructure and provide services to users.

Must Listen

Easily get your code to the cloud with Amnic​

Are most organisations successful in improving developers’ productivity and targeting to create value for the customers and their business? Our founder Ankit Bhati shares how Amnic solves this problem by providing a unified operating platform to speed up the developer’s work and reduce the risk of running the applications that go through this platform. Listen to the podcast here.

Amnic’s monthly newsletter Building Blocks captures major news and trends in the developer community.

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