Effortless Playbook Generation using Ansible Lightspeed with IBM watsonx Code Assistant

For years, the creation of automation scripts and playbooks has been the domain of those well-versed in the intricacies of programming languages and development environments. The process, while rewarding, could be daunting for novices and even intermediate developers. However, the integration of generative AI capabilities within development tools is changing the landscape dramatically.

In this video, we demonstrate the power of Ansible Lightspeed with IBM watsonx Code Assistant, focusing on the newest features around Ansible Playbook generation and content explanation.

Imagine a world where the barrier to entry for writing sophisticated automation scripts is not an extensive background in coding but simply the ability to describe what you want to achieve in natural language. This is not a distant future scenario but the reality of today, thanks to Anel Light Speed and its integration within the VS Code extension.

The VS Code extension for LightSpeed is a marvel of modern programming tools. It offers features like syntax highlighting, auto-completion, real-time feedback, playbook run entry points, and generative AI capabilities—all seamlessly integrated into one’s development workflow. The true magic begins when you engage with the logo on the side pane of VS Code, entering the realm of playbook generation powered by a large language model trained specifically on Anel content.

The process is disarmingly simple: you provide a natural language prompt describing your playbook goal—say, deploying a LAMP stack on RHEL servers—and Light Speed takes it from there. What follows is an outline of steps provided by the AI, a high-level roadmap of your playbook before any code is generated. This approach not only simplifies the creation process but also educates and empowers developers, especially those new to Anel playbooks.

But the innovation doesn’t stop at playbook generation. Another standout feature is the ability to explain playbooks. Whether you’re a novice trying to grasp the fundamentals or an experienced developer tasked with maintaining complex scripts, this feature demystifies playbooks by generating clear, understandable explanations of their functionality.


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