An AI-enhanced tool that suggests code snippets for Python developers in real time just raised $17 million in VC funding to expand its R&D team “with a focus on accelerating developer productivity.”

An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat:

“Our mission is to bring the latest advancements in AI and machine learning (ML) to make writing code fluid, effortless, and more enjoyable,” explained [founder Adam] Smith. “Developers using Kite can focus their productive energy toward solving the next big technical challenges, instead of searching the web for code examples illustrating mundane and frequently repeated code patterns….”

Instead of relying on the cloud to run its AI engine, Kite now runs locally on a user’s computer, letting developers use it offline and without having to upload any code. (Kite still trains its machine learning models with thousands of publicly available code sources from highly rated developers.) Furthermore, running locally allows Kite to fully operate with lower latencies… In addition to ditching the cloud, the new version of Kite brings a feature the team calls Line-of-Code Completions. Until now, Kite’s machine learning models could only suggest the next “token” in a line of code. Line-of-Code Completions can complete entire function calls with a single keystroke… The team boasts that Kite is “the only developer product on the market to offer such advanced completions.”
“Today, Kite is used by more than 30,000 Python developers worldwide,” reports VentureBeat, adding it locally-based ML plugin is available for top Python IDEs including Visual Studio Code, Atom, Sublime Text, PyCharm, IntelliJ, and Vim.
Kite’s investors include the CEO of GitHub, as well as the founders of Dropbox, Paypal, and, and the company hopes to eventually support more languages, starting with either Java, JavaScript, or Go.

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