Building AI with MongoDB: Accelerating App Development With the Codeium AI Toolkit

Mat Keep


Of the many use cases set to be transformed by generative AI (gen AI), the bleeding edge of this revolution is underway with software development. Developers are using gen AI to improve productivity by writing higher-quality code faster. Tasks include autocompleting code, writing docs, generating tests, and answering natural language queries across a code base. How does this translate to adoption? A recent survey showed 44% of new code being committed was written by an AI code assistant.

Codeium is one of the leaders in the fast-growing AI code assistant space. Its AI toolkit is used by hundreds of thousands of developers for more than 70 languages across more than 40 IDEs including Visual Studio Code, the JetBrains suite, Eclipse, and Jupyter Notebooks. The company describes its toolkit as “the modern coding superpower,” reflected by its recent $65 million Series B funding round and five-star reviews across extension marketplaces.

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As Anshul Ramachandran, Head of Enterprise & Partnerships at Codeium explains, “Codeium has been developed by a team of researchers and engineers to build on the industry-wide momentum around large language models, specifically for code. We realized that our specialized generative models, when deployed on our world-class optimized deep learning serving software, could provide users with top-quality AI-based products at the lowest possible costs (or ideally, free). The result of that realization is Codeium."

Codeium has recently trained its models on MongoDB code, libraries, and documentation. Now developers building apps with MongoDB can install the Codeium extension on the IDE of their choice and enjoy rapid code completion and codebase-aware chat and search. Developers can stay in the flow while they build, coding at the speed of thought, knowing that Codeium has ingested MongoDB best practices and documentation.

MongoDB is wildly popular across the developer community. This is because Atlas integrates the fully managed database services that provide a unified developer experience across transactional, analytical, and generative AI apps.

Anshul Ramachandran, Head of Enterprise & Partnerships, Codeium

Ramachandran, goes on to say, “MongoDB APIs are incredibly powerful, but due to the breadth and richness of the APIs, it is possible for developers to be spending more time than necessary looking through API documentation or using the APIs inefficiently for the task at hand. An AI assistant, if trained properly, can effectively assist the developer in retrieval and usage quality of these APIs. Unlike other AI code assistants, we at Codeium build our LLMs from scratch and own the underlying data layer. This means we accelerate and optimize the developer experience in unique and novel ways unmatched by others.”

Figure 1:  By simply typing statement names, the Codeium assistant will automatically provide code completion suggestions directly within your IDE.

In its announcement blog post and YouTube video, the Codeium team shows how to build an app in VSCode with MongoDB serving as the data layer. Developers can ask questions on how to read and write to the database, get code competition suggestions, explore specific functions and syntax, handle errors, and more. This was all done at no cost using the MongoDB Atlas free tier and Codeium 100% free, forever individual plan.

You can get started today by registering for MongoDB Atlas and then downloading the Codeium extension. If you are building your own AI app, sign up for the MongoDB AI Innovators Program. Successful applicants get access to free Atlas credits and technical enablement, as well as connections into the broader AI ecosystem.