GitHub is testing a machine learning algorithm to identify the vast array of programming languages across the platform. Why does this even matter? Won’t developers checking in their code know what language they wrote said code in? True, but think beyond the current use case and how GitHub can add value with AI.
But announcing the project this week, GitHub machine learning engineer, Kavita Ganesan wrote, “When some code is pushed to a repository, it’s important to recognize the type of code that was added for the purposes of search, security vulnerability alerting, and syntax highlighting—and to show the repository’s content distribution to users.”