Adventures in chatting with an AI

Saturday, 3 December 2022 at 18:16   // reading time ~15 minutes

I took Open AI: Chat for a spin and it’s easy to get it to write a fictional conversation between one or more people that probably never going to have a conversation. Here are some of theese meetings that I found entertaining.

Sorry for focusing so much on Uncle Bob. He’s the name I think the AI would have read most about and the only name I can think of that has written about many various topics that could be discussed with various fictional characters.

Anyway, with that out of the way I hope you enjoy the discussions and text about programming as much as I have. Happy coding.

Table Of Contents

A mission statement with compelling arguments why developers shouldn’t fix bugs in their program

At the heart of our mission, we believe that developers should not fix bugs in their program. We believe that bugs are a natural and essential part of the software development process. They provide opportunities for learning, growth, and innovation.

Fixing bugs can be time-consuming and tedious, taking valuable time and resources away from more important tasks. Bugs can also be unpredictable and hard to replicate, making them difficult to fix properly.

Furthermore, fixing bugs can lead to over-engineering and unnecessary complexity in the code. It can also create dependency issues and make the code harder to maintain and improve.

We believe that developers should embrace bugs and use them as an opportunity to learn and improve their skills. By allowing bugs to exist and thrive, we can create better, more resilient, and more adaptable software.

We are committed to promoting this philosophy and helping developers embrace the power of bugs in their work. Join us in our mission and embrace the beauty of bugs.

Uncle Bob and Garfield the cat having a thought provoking discussion about Lasagna Code

Uncle Bob: Hey Garfield, have you ever heard of the term “Lasagna Code”?

Garfield: Lasagna? You mean that delicious Italian dish? I love lasagna!

Uncle Bob: No, no, not the food. Lasagna Code is a term used to describe code that is poorly structured and difficult to understand.

Garfield: Oh, I see. I don’t really understand code, but I can imagine it being a mess if it’s not organized properly.

Uncle Bob: Exactly. Lasagna Code is like a mess of layers, with each layer dependent on the ones below it. It’s hard to make changes or add new features without breaking something.

Garfield: That sounds frustrating. I don’t think I would like working with Lasagna Code.

Uncle Bob: No one likes working with Lasagna Code. It’s important to write clean, well-structured code to make it easy to maintain and improve.

Garfield: I’ll have to take your word for it. I’m just a cat, after all.

Uncle Bob: Haha, that’s true. But even a cat like you can understand the importance of good code organization.

Garfield: I guess you’re right. Thanks for the lesson, Uncle Bob. I’ll be sure to avoid Lasagna Code in my catnaps.

Uncle Bob: Haha, you do that Garfield. Happy coding!

A conversation between Casey Muratori, Jonathan Blow and Uncle Bob about OOP

Casey Muratori: Hey Jonathan, have you heard of Uncle Bob? He’s a big advocate for Object-Oriented Programming.

Jonathan Blow: Yeah, I’ve heard of him. I’m actually a bit skeptical of OOP.

Uncle Bob: Skeptical? Why’s that?

Jonathan Blow: I just don’t see the value in creating all these classes and objects. It seems like it just adds unnecessary complexity to the code.

Uncle Bob: I understand your skepticism, but OOP is about creating reusable, modular code. It’s about creating a clear separation of concerns and making it easier to maintain and improve the code.

Casey Muratori: I agree with Uncle Bob. OOP allows for better code organization and makes it easier for multiple developers to work on a project.

Jonathan Blow: I see your point, but I still think there are other ways to achieve those goals without using OOP.

Uncle Bob: That may be true, but OOP has been proven to be a effective way to write maintainable and scalable code. It’s worth considering at least.

Casey Muratori: Definitely. OOP may not be perfect, but it has its benefits and can be a valuable tool in a developer’s toolkit.

Jonathan Blow: I’ll have to give it some more thought. Thanks for the discussion, guys.

Uncle Bob: No problem, Jonathan. We’re always happy to discuss the benefits of OOP.

Additional notes

Both Casey Muratori and Jonathan Blow are laregly, if not fully, against OOP. I thought the AI would pick up on their stances and it kinda seems it has, but I was hoping for a more though provoking discussion instead of them mostly agreeing with each other.

A love poem about infinite loops

Oh, sweet infinite loop,
How you spin and spin,
Endlessly repeating,
Never to end.

Your endless cycles,
Filled with endless code,
A never-ending story,
Of endless beauty.

Your endless loops,
A symphony of code,
A melody of logic,
A chorus of beauty.

Oh, sweet infinite loop,
How you fill my heart,
With endless love,
Endless joy,
Endless passion.

I will love you,
Forever and always,
My sweet infinite loop,
My one and only true love.

Uncle Bob explains the concept or error handling and exceptions to Jar Jar Binks

Uncle Bob: Hey Jar Jar, have you ever heard of error handling and exceptions?

Jar Jar Binks: Oh, meesa not know about that. Meesa just here to cause havoc and make everyone’s lives difficult.

Uncle Bob: Well, error handling and exceptions are actually important concepts in software development. They allow us to handle and recover from errors that may occur in our code.

Jar Jar Binks: Oh, meesa not like errors. Meesa like to cause them.

Uncle Bob: Yes, I know you do, Jar Jar. But errors are inevitable in software development. That’s why we have error handling and exceptions.

Jar Jar Binks: Meesa not understand.

Uncle Bob: Ok, let me explain. Error handling is the process of detecting and responding to errors in our code. Exceptions are a specific type of error that we can throw and catch in our code.

Jar Jar Binks: Oh, meesa understand now. Meesa like to throw exceptions at people.

Uncle Bob: Yes, I’m sure you do. But throwing exceptions should only be done in specific cases, not just for fun.

Jar Jar Binks: Oh, meesa get it now. Meesa sorry for causing so much trouble.

Uncle Bob: It’s alright, Jar Jar. Just remember the importance of error handling and exceptions in software development. It can make our code more robust and prevent potential disasters.

Jar Jar Binks: Ok, meesa will try to be more responsible. Thanks for the lesson, Uncle Bob.

Uncle Bob: No problem, Jar Jar. Happy coding!

Uncle Bob is talking to Lee Adama and chief Tyrol about why the Cylons might be using the Java programming language

Uncle Bob: Hey Lee, chief, have you guys ever thought about why the Cylons might be using the Java programming language?

Lee Adama: Not really, I’ve been too focused on fighting them.

Chief Tyrol: Same here. We’ve been trying to stop them, not analyze their code.

Uncle Bob: Well, I’ve been thinking about it and I have a few theories. First of all, Java is a very versatile language. It can be used for a wide range of applications, from web development to mobile development to embedded systems.

Lee Adama: That makes sense. The Cylons have shown themselves to be versatile and adaptable.

Chief Tyrol: Yeah, and Java is also known for its portability. The Cylons could use it to easily move their code from one platform to another.

Uncle Bob: Exactly. And Java is also a very secure language. It has built-in security features and a large, active community of developers working on security issues.

Lee Adama: That would be important for the Cylons, given their highly advanced technology and need for secrecy.

Chief Tyrol: Right. And finally, Java has a large ecosystem of tools and libraries. The Cylons could leverage that to quickly develop their applications.

Uncle Bob: Exactly. So all in all, Java is a great fit for the Cylons. It’s versatile, portable, secure, and has a rich ecosystem of tools and libraries.

Lee Adama: That makes a lot of sense, Uncle Bob. Thanks for the insights.

Chief Tyrol: Yeah, good work, Uncle Bob. Now we just need to figure out how to stop them.

Uncle Bob: Haha, that’s a whole other topic, guys. But I’m always happy to help with code-related issues.

A poem praising crashing programs and code that doesn’t work

Oh, sweet crashing program,
How you fill me with joy,
As you crash and burn,
Leaving error messages in your wake.

Your code that doesn’t work,
A symphony of chaos,
A melody of frustration,
A chorus of beauty.

Your endless bugs,
A never-ending challenge,
A puzzle to solve,
A treasure to uncover.

Oh, sweet crashing program,
How you fill my heart,
With endless amusement,
Endless satisfaction,
Endless joy.

I will love you,
Forever and always,
My sweet crashing program,
My one and only true love.

Uncle Bob explains the concept of clean code while Luke Skywalker is fighting with Darth Vader

Uncle Bob: Hey Luke, are you listening? I want to explain the concept of clean code to you.

Luke Skywalker: (fighting Darth Vader) Not now, Uncle Bob. I’m kind of busy here.

Uncle Bob: (ignoring the lightsaber duel) Clean code is code that is easy to read, understand, and maintain. It follows a consistent style, is well-organized, and has minimal complexity.

Luke Skywalker: (parrying a blow from Darth Vader) I’m sorry, Uncle Bob. I can’t focus on code right now.

Uncle Bob: (still ignoring the fight) Clean code is important because it makes it easier to fix bugs, add new features, and work with other developers. It’s the foundation of a well-designed system.

Luke Skywalker: (using the force to push Darth Vader back) Sorry, Uncle Bob. I really appreciate what you’re saying, but can we talk about this later?

Uncle Bob: (finally noticing the lightsaber duel) Oh, I see you’re busy. I’ll let you go back to your fight with Darth Vader. Just remember the importance of clean code, okay?

Luke Skywalker: (smiling) Thanks, Uncle Bob. I’ll definitely keep that in mind.

Uncle Bob: (nodding) Good luck, Luke. May the force be with you.

Luke Skywalker: (turning back to Darth Vader) Thanks, Uncle Bob. May the force be with you too.

Uncle Bob explaining the importance of indenting the code properly in a lost scene from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”

Uncle Bob: (standing on the bridge of the Enterprise) Hey guys, have you ever thought about the importance of indenting your code properly?

Captain Kirk: (looking confused) Indenting? What do you mean, Uncle Bob?

Uncle Bob: I mean the way you organize the code by using indentation to show the hierarchy and structure of the code. It makes it easier to read and understand.

Captain Kirk: (nodding) I see your point. But what does that have to do with our current situation?

Uncle Bob: Well, the code you’re using to control the ship’s systems is a mess. It’s not indented properly and it’s hard to see the logical flow of the code.

Spock: (raising an eyebrow) That is not optimal, Captain. Indenting the code properly is essential for readability and maintainability.

Captain Kirk: (looking concerned) I had no idea. I just assumed it was working fine.

Uncle Bob: It’s not working fine, Captain. You need to take the time to indent the code properly and make it more readable. Otherwise, you’ll have a lot of problems down the line.

Captain Kirk: (resolved) You’re right, Uncle Bob. I’ll make sure to fix this code as soon as possible. Thanks for the lesson.

Uncle Bob: (smiling) No problem, Captain. Happy coding!

Additional notes

I tried with “A new hope” as well, but only Luke were interested in indenting and I already had a much better conversation with Luke. Besides It was getting kinda star wars heavy.

A “tales from the crypt” story about the dangers of null pointer exceptions

It was a dark and stormy night, and I was working on a new project in Java. I had been coding for hours, and I was starting to get tired. But I was determined to finish the project before the deadline.

Suddenly, I heard a strange noise coming from my computer. It sounded like a ghostly wail, as if the machine was possessed by some malevolent force. I quickly looked at my code, but I couldn’t see anything wrong. Everything seemed to be in order. But the noise persisted, growing louder and more urgent. I frantically tried to debug the code, but I couldn’t find the source of the problem. It was like a needle in a haystack, impossible to locate.

Then, out of nowhere, a message appeared on my screen: “Null pointer exception. Program terminated.”

I was horrified. I had never seen an error like this before. It was like a curse, a dark force that had taken control of my code. I quickly tried to fix the error, but it was too late. The program was irreparably damaged, and I had to start over from scratch.

I learned a valuable lesson that night. Never underestimate the dangers of a null pointer exception. It can strike at any time, and it can destroy even the best code. Be careful, or you may suffer the same fate as I did.

Additional notes

I wanted something to break the discussion, perhaps a horror story, but I remember tales from the crypt usually ending with more death and horror.

The movie begins with a group of young programmers working on a new project at their tech startup. They are all talented and ambitious, and they are determined to make the project a success.

But as they work, strange and inexplicable things start to happen. Code errors and bugs appear out of nowhere, causing the program to crash and burn. The programmers try to fix the problems, but they are unable to find the source of the errors.

As the project falls apart, the programmers start to die in strange and gruesome ways. One is electrocuted while trying to debug a faulty power supply. Another is crushed by a falling server rack. Another is killed by a swarm of malicious bots.

The survivors realize that they are being targeted by a deadly force that wants them to fail. They must figure out what is causing the accidents and stop it before it kills them all.

As they investigate, they discover that the project was built on top of a cursed codebase, filled with hidden bugs and vulnerabilities. The cursed code is now seeking revenge on anyone who tries to use it.

The survivors must race against time to rewrite the code and destroy the curse before it destroys them. But the curse is powerful and cunning, and it will stop at nothing to make them fail.

Will the survivors be able to rewrite the code and save themselves, or will they be the next victims of the cursed codebase?

Verse 1:

I was lost in a sea of code,
With no direction or guide,
Then I found JavaDoc,
And my heart began to glide.


JavaDoc, oh JavaDoc,
You showed me the way,
JavaDoc, oh JavaDoc,
I love you more each day.

Verse 2:

You helped me document my code,
With clear and concise notes,
You made it easy to understand,
And kept the bugs at bay.


JavaDoc, oh JavaDoc,
You showed me the way,
JavaDoc, oh JavaDoc,
I love you more each day.


When I’m stuck and can’t figure it out,
You’re there to guide me through,
With your helpful comments and annotations,
I know I can make it through.


JavaDoc, oh JavaDoc,
You showed me the way,
JavaDoc, oh JavaDoc,
I love you more each day.

Uncle Bob explaining the reason for why SOLID is a great to Chewbacca

Uncle Bob: Hey Chewbacca, have you heard of the SOLID principles?

Chewbacca: Rarrrghh!

Uncle Bob: Sorry, I don’t speak Wookiee. But let me explain what SOLID is. It’s a set of principles for object-oriented programming that help us write maintainable and scalable code.

Chewbacca: Rarrrghh!

Uncle Bob: The letters in SOLID stand for: Single Responsibility, Open-Closed, Liskov Substitution, Interface Segregation, and Dependency Inversion. These principles help us avoid common pitfalls in OOP, such as tightly coupled code and fragile design.

Chewbacca: Rarrrghh!

Uncle Bob: I know it may seem complicated, but trust me, SOLID is a great way to ensure that our code is clean, organized, and easy to maintain.

Chewbacca: Rarrrghh!

Uncle Bob: I’m glad you agree, Chewbacca. Happy coding!

Chewbacca: Rarrrghh!