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50 Chat GPT Prompts Every Software Developer Should Know (Tested)

50 Chat GPT Prompts Every Software Developer Should Know (Tested)

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In this article, we'll explore some awesome ChatGPT-4 prompts specifically tailored for software developers. These prompts can assist with tasks such as code generation, code completion, bug detection, code review, API documentation generation, and more.

Code Generation

  • Generate a boilerplate [language] code for a [class/module/component] named [name] with the following functionality: [functionality description].

  • Create a [language] function to perform [operation] on [data structure] with the following inputs: [input variables] and expected output: [output description].

  • Generate a [language] class for a [domain] application that includes methods for [methods list] and properties [properties list].

  • Based on the [design pattern], create a code snippet in [language] that demonstrates its implementation for a [use case].

Example:

Generate a boilerplate Python code for a shopping cart module named "ShoppingCart" with the following functionality:

  • A constructor that initializes an empty list to store cart items.

  • A method called "add_item" that takes in an item object and adds it to the cart.

  • A method called "remove_item" that takes in an item object and removes it from the cart if it exists.

  • A method called "get_items" that returns the list of items in the cart.

  • A method called "get_total" that calculates and returns the total price of all items in the cart.

Code Completion

  • In [language], complete the following code snippet that initializes a [data structure] with [values]: [code snippet].

  • Finish the [language] function that calculates [desired output] given the following input parameters: [function signature].

  • Complete the [language] code to make an API call to [API endpoint] with [parameters] and process the response: [code snippet].

Example: Finish the Python function that calculates the average of a list of numbers given the following input parameters:

def calculate_average(num_list)

Bug Detection

  • Identify any potential bugs in the following [language] code snippet: [code snippet].

  • Analyze the given [language] code and suggest improvements to prevent [error type]: [code snippet].

  • Find any memory leaks in the following [language] code and suggest fixes: [code snippet].

Example: Identify any potential bugs in the following Python code snippet:

def calculate_sum(num_list):
    sum = 0
    for i in range(len(num_list)):
        sum += num_list[i]
    return sum

Code Review

  • Review the following [language] code for best practices and suggest improvements: [code snippet].

  • Analyze the given [language] code for adherence to [coding style guidelines]: [code snippet].

  • Check the following [language] code for proper error handling and suggest enhancements: [code snippet].

  • Evaluate the modularity and maintainability of the given [language] code: [code snippet].

Example: Review the following Python code for best practices and suggest improvements:

def multiply_list(lst):
    result = 1
    for num in lst:
        result *= num
    return result

API Documentation Generation

  • Generate API documentation for the following [language] code: [code snippet].

  • Create a concise API reference for the given [language] class: [code snippet].

  • Generate usage examples for the following [language] API: [code snippet].

Example: Generate API documentation for the following JavaScript code:

/**
 * Returns the sum of two numbers.
 * @param {number} a - The first number to add.
 * @param {number} b - The second number to add.
 * @returns {number} The sum of a and b.
 */
function sum(a, b) {
  return a + b;
}

Query Optimization

  • Optimize the following SQL query for better performance: [SQL query].

  • Analyze the given SQL query for any potential bottlenecks: [SQL query].

  • Suggest indexing strategies for the following SQL query: [SQL query].

  • Optimize the following NoSQL query for better performance and resource usage: [NoSQL query].

Example: Optimize the following SQL query for better performance:

SELECT *
FROM orders
WHERE order_date BETWEEN '2022-01-01' AND '2022-12-31'
ORDER BY order_date DESC
LIMIT 100;

User Interface Design

  • Generate a UI mockup for a [web/mobile] application that focuses on [user goal or task].

  • Suggest improvements to the existing user interface of [app or website] to enhance [usability, accessibility, or aesthetics].

  • Design a responsive user interface for a [web/mobile] app that adapts to different screen sizes and orientations.

Example: Generate a UI mockup for a mobile application that focuses on managing personal finances.

Automated Testing

  • Generate test cases for the following [language] function based on the input parameters and expected output: [function signature].

  • Create a test script for the given [language] code that covers [unit/integration/system] testing: [code snippet].

  • Generate test data for the following [language] function that tests various edge cases: [function signature].

  • Design a testing strategy for a [web/mobile] app that includes [unit, integration, system, and/or performance] testing.

Example: Generate test cases for the following Python function based on the input parameters and expected output:

def divide(a: float, b: float) -> float:
    if b == 0:
        raise ZeroDivisionError('division by zero')
    return a / b

Code refactoring

  • Suggest refactoring improvements for the following [language] code to enhance readability and maintainability: [code snippet].

  • Identify opportunities to apply [design pattern] in the given [language] code: [code snippet].

  • Optimize the following [language] code for better performance: [code snippet].

Example: Optimize the following Python code for better performance:

def find_max(numbers):
    max_num = numbers[0]
    for num in numbers:
        if num > max_num:
            max_num = num
    return max_num

Design pattern suggestions

  • Based on the given [language] code, recommend a suitable design pattern to improve its structure: [code snippet].

  • Identify opportunities to apply the [design pattern] in the following [language] codebase: [repository URL or codebase description].

  • Suggest an alternative design pattern for the given [language] code that may provide additional benefits: [code snippet].

Example: Based on the given Python code, recommend a suitable design pattern to improve its structure:

class TotalPriceCalculator:
    def calculate_total(self, items):
        pass

class NormalTotalPriceCalculator(TotalPriceCalculator):
    def calculate_total(self, items):
        total = 0
        for item in items:
            total += item.price * item.quantity
        return total

class DiscountedTotalPriceCalculator(TotalPriceCalculator):
    def calculate_total(self, items):
        total = 0
        for item in items:
            total += item.price * item.quantity * 0.9 # apply 10% discount
        return total

class Order:
    def __init__(self, items, total_price_calculator):
        self.items = items
        self.total_price_calculator = total_price_calculator

    def calculate_total(self):
        return self.total_price_calculator.calculate_total(self.items)

class Item:
    def __init__(self, name, price, quantity):
        self.name = name
        self.price = price
        self.quantity = quantity

Algorithm development

  • Suggest an optimal algorithm to solve the following problem: [problem description].

  • Improve the efficiency of the given algorithm for [specific use case]: [algorithm or pseudocode].

  • Design an algorithm that can handle [large-scale data or high-throughput] for [specific task or operation].

  • Propose a parallel or distributed version of the following algorithm to improve performance: [algorithm or pseudocode].

Code translation

  • Translate the following [source language] code to [target language]: [code snippet].

  • Convert the given [source language] class or module to [target language] while preserving its functionality and structure: [code snippet].

  • Migrate the following [source language] code that uses [library or framework] to [target language] with a similar library or framework: [code snippet].

Example: Translate the following Python code to JavaScript:

def factorial(n):
    if n == 0:
        return 1
    else:
        return n * factorial(n-1)

Personalized learning

  • Curate a list of resources to learn [programming language or technology] based on my current skill level: [beginner/intermediate/advanced].

  • Recommend a learning path to become proficient in [specific programming domain or technology] considering my background in [existing skills or experience].

  • Suggest project ideas or coding exercises to practice and improve my skills in [programming language or technology].

Code visualization

  • Generate a UML diagram for the following [language] code: [code snippet].

  • Create a flowchart or visual representation of the given [language] algorithm: [algorithm or pseudocode].

  • Visualize the call graph or dependencies of the following [language] code: [code snippet].

Example: Generate a UML diagram for the following Java code:

public abstract class Vehicle {
    private String model;

    public Vehicle(String model) {
        this.model = model;
    }

    public String getModel() {
        return model;
    }

    public abstract void start();

    public abstract void stop();
}

public class Car extends Vehicle {
    public Car(String model) {
        super(model);
    }
    @Override
    public void start() {
        System.out.println("Starting car engine");
    }
    @Override
    public void stop() {
        System.out.println("Stopping car engine");
    }
}
public class Motorcycle extends Vehicle {
    public Motorcycle(String model) {
        super(model);
    }
    @Override
    public void start() {
        System.out.println("Starting motorcycle engine");
    }
    @Override
    public void stop() {
        System.out.println("Stopping motorcycle engine");
    }
}

Data visualization

  • Generate a bar chart that represents the following data: [data or dataset description].

  • Create a line chart that visualizes the trend in the following time series data: [data or dataset description].

  • Design a heatmap that represents the correlation between the following variables: [variable list].

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