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Have you ever noticed that simple act of describing a problem you can't get past to a co-worker will help you solve the problem, even if they don't say a thing?

The Code Consultant Bot is based on a (possibly apocraphal) story of a software company that gave employees a stuffed bear to talk to about problems they run into. The employees would ask their questions to the bear and work though problems on their own without distracting others. It takes that concept one step farther by giving you an AI instead of a stuffed bear. It's like Clippy, but it asks you leading, helpful questions rather than giving you unhelpful concrete suggestions.

If you're lucky, it may even direct you to potential answers on stackoverflow.com


Code Consultant is free to use, the code is available under the Apache Public License, 2.0.


Nothing to download. Send an XMPP/Jabber/GTalk invitation to [email protected].

For more information, see http://code-consultant.appspot.com




Nathan Voxland (nathan [at] voxland.net)


Code Consultant is written in Java on Gooogle App Engine.
See github.com/nvoxland/code-consultant

  • 3
    Can your AI pass turing? Commented Jul 24, 2010 at 19:56
  • 9
    No. But a lot of times your co-workers can't either... Commented Jul 24, 2010 at 20:13
  • Awesome concept. Please consider porting this to IRC... and run an instance on FreeNode. Commented Jul 24, 2010 at 20:51
  • I think your bot needs an avatar... maybe something like Bender? tiny.cc/bender3
    – scunliffe
    Commented Sep 22, 2010 at 14:01
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    Is your bot source code available somwhere ?
    – Riduidel
    Commented Oct 14, 2010 at 11:44
  • The source will hopefully be on github.com/nvoxland/code-consultant in the next couple days Commented Oct 16, 2010 at 6:04


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