Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) this year released a tool known as Bing Developer Assistant. The principal focus of the tool was to help programmers have an easy time in their programming projects. The company is currently working on the same, technology website Wired stated in an article. However, something more ambitious or perhaps more promising has been named. PLINY could alter or aid how developers with Microsoft, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) approach their work.
For text searches on Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), it is easy for the system to help with suggestions or prediction of what the user wanted to type. Now, a projected backed by the government and dubbed PLINY is trying to do a similar thing but targeting programmers. It is believed that a tool that can guess what a programmer is trying to code and offer suggests could help a lot with coding challenges. For companies such as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), better developer tools are great for nurturing innovation, which is why PLINY looks like a great idea.
PLINY received $11 million backing from a division of the Pentagon. The project is spearheaded by researchers at Rice University but also involves the contribution of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Texas-Austin. Others involved in the project include GrammaTech, which is a company dedicated to developer tools.
The primary goal of the project is to offer autocomplete solutions for coders are trying to develop programs, making coding faster and easy. The developers of PLINY expect to tap into massive amounts of codes from the Web so as to power a code prediction engine. In addition to code prediction, PLINY should also help with spotting vulnerability points in a programmer’s project.
For tech companies, the likes of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), it is increasingly becoming complex to work on software projects. As if that is not enough, tech companies are not able to get enough of qualified coders to meet their big demand. That explains why PLINY could become a boon for such companies.
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Nonetheless, with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s autocomplete developer assistant project underway it remains to be seen how Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) react to the new about PLINY.
Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management held over 700,000 shares of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Icahn Capital LP, managed by Carl Icahn had 52 million shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), and ValueAct Capital, managed by Jeffrey Ubben held 74 million shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) at the end of the second quarter of 2014.