AI is catching on with API developers

Artificial intelligence has caught on with software developers who build APIs, with 60% of respondents to a recent Postman survey saying they are using generative AI in their jobs. This was just one of the key findings in Postman’s 2023 State of the API Report, which is based on a survey of 40,000 developers and API professionals.

More than half of the survey respondents use AI to find bugs in code, and more than a third rely on AI to generate code. When asked what type of project most excites developers in the coming year, the leading answer was building AI-powered apps.

Senior API developers were much less likely to use AI tools than junior developers, except to generate documents and comments. Developers in government and defense were the least likely to use AI tools, while those in education had the highest uptake rate at 65%. Asked what level of productivity benefit they expect AI tools such as ChatGPT or GitHub Copilot to deliver during the next two years, the largest share of respondents (about 42%) said 10% to 25%.

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