AI-generated explanations and documentation for JavaScript code

AI-generated explanations and documentation for JavaScript code

By Lars Grammel
By Lars Grammel
Published on December 08, 2022

As a JavaScript developer, you know how challenging it can be to work with existing codebases. Often, the code is poorly documented, making it difficult to understand what it does and how it works. That's why I've added two new AI-powered features to the JS Assistant for Visual Studio Code: AI-generated JS-Doc comments and AI-generated explanations for code snippets.

AI-generated JSDoc comments

The JS Assistant can generate documentation for functions and methods. This feature accelerates writing JSDoc comments by providing a pre-filled template you can refine.

JS Assistant generates JSDoc comment

AI-generated code explanations

You can generate explanations of JavaScript code snippets to help you understand complex or challenging code passages. While such AI-generated descriptions can sometimes be inaccurate or misleading, they can help accelerate making sense of a legacy codebase. They are best used with your code understanding, e.g., to provide ideas that get you started or unstuck.

JS Assistant generates code explanation

Code explanations and comment generation can help you work more effectively with complex legacy JavaScript code. They are still experimental, and I would appreciate your feedback on their usefulness. You can contact me at [email protected].