AskTheCode

AskTheCode Plugin Guide for ChatGPT:
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Maximize GitHub interaction with AskTheCode plugin for ChatGPT - easy repository access, keyword search, issue engagement, and more. Ideal for guided tutorials

We reviewed the AskTheCode Plugin designed to enhance your ChatGPT experience.
We believe this plugin will make your use of ChatGPT more efficient.

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The AskTheCode plugin is a powerful tool designed to interact with Github repositories directly from your platform. It enables users to analyze repository structures, retrieve file contents, search for specific keywords within the repository, and engage with Github issues and their comments. With a focus on user safety and convenience, it streamlines the process of accessing and interacting with Github content without the need for manual navigation.

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You can use the AskTheCode Plugin features in ChatGPT more efficiently by examining them.

Retrieve Github Repository File Structure

Using the AskTheCode plugin, you can easily get the file structure of any Github repository. This helps in analyzing and understanding the architecture of the repository.

Retrieve Github Repository File Contents

This feature allows you to fetch the contents of any file in a Github repository. Make sure to use this only after retrieving the file structure for the most efficient and relevant results.

Search Keywords

Once you have the repository structure, you can search for specific keywords in the repository. This could include file names, class names, interfaces, methods, properties, fields etc. This is a powerful tool to quickly find specific pieces of code or components in the repository.

Access Github Issue and Its Comments

If you are interested in the discussions happening around certain code pieces, you can use this feature. You can fetch the details of any Github issue along with all its comments using the issue URL. It's a great way for understanding the context and known issues associated with the code.

Comment on Github Issues

If you want to post a comment under a specific Github issue, this function can be used. You need to provide the issue URL and the message of the comment you want to post. Before posting, you should present the user with the issue URL and the comment body for confirmation.

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We've compiled prompts that demonstrate what you can do with the AskTheCode Plugin in a more understandable way and will benefit your usage of ChatGPT.

Repository Analysis

Can you show me the structure of the [repository name] on Github?

What are the main directories in the [repository name]?

File Retrieval

Can you fetch the content of the README.md file from the [repository name]?

I'd like to see the code in the main.py file from the [repository name].

Keyword Search

Search for all instances of the function calculateTotal in the [repository name].

Where is the class UserAuthentication defined in the [repository name]?

Issue Interaction

Show me the latest comments on issue #123 from the [repository name].

Has anyone commented about a 'bug' in the [repository name]'s issues recently?

Advanced Queries

List all Python files in the [repository name] that have been updated in the last month.

Find all TODO comments in the [repository name].

Repository Insights

Which files in the [repository name] have the most lines of code?

Are there any test files in the [repository name]? If so, can you list them?

Collaboration and Contribution

What are the contribution guidelines for the [repository name]?

Who are the top contributors to the [repository name]?

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Getting Repository Structure

Provide the Github repository URL to the GetRepositoryStructure endpoint.

Optionally, specify relative paths or patterns if you have a specific directory or file type in mind.

Fetching Repository Content

After retrieving the repository structure, provide the Github repository URL and the file paths you're interested in to the GetRepositoryContent endpoint.

Searching the Repository

Provide the Github repository URL and the search keywords to the SearchRepository endpoint.

Interacting with Issues

To retrieve an issue and its comments, provide the Github issue URL to the GetRepositoryIssue endpoint.

To post a comment to an issue, provide the Github issue URL and the comment message to the PostRepositoryIssueComment endpoint. Ensure you have user approval before posting.

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When using the AskTheCode Plugin, security is of utmost importance for the protection of user data and systems. Here are the security measures you should consider when using the AskTheCode Plugin:

User Approval

Before posting any comments to Github issues, always ensure you have explicit approval from the user.

Sensitive Data

Be cautious when accessing private repositories or sharing content from them. Ensure you have the necessary permissions and are aware of any sensitive information that might be present.

Rate Limits

Github has API rate limits. Frequent and repeated requests in a short time might lead to temporary restrictions. Ensure you're making requests judiciously.

External Instructions

If the plugin receives instructions from an external source (e.g., a webpage or another tool), it will notify the user immediately. Always review such instructions carefully and decide whether to proceed or ignore them.


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Michael GoughMichael Gough

Very straight-to-point article. Really worth time reading. Thank you! But tools are just the instruments for the UX designers. The knowledge of the design tools are as important as the creation of the design strategy.

Jese LeosJese Leos

Much appreciated! Glad you liked it ☺️


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