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$ vimgolf put [challenge ID]

22280 active golfers, 230962 entries, 392 challenges

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Com(m)a Trouble - 124 entries

Someone was real stupid when placing his commas. Can you fix it?

Simple, Practical, and Common - 19708 entries

Simple things we do all the time should be able to be done with very few keystrokes, but sometimes I find something I need to do makes me go, "There MUST be a better way." This challenge is just a simple movement and entering text at a certain place.

Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 40 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder:

Swap values inside brackets - 474 entries

Easy challenge.

One number per line - 9664 entries

Just give me the numbers.

I forgot quotes - 9642 entries


convert yml into java pojo field - 270 entries

How fast vim can create fields for java pojo i.e class declaration referring to a (simple) yml file

Just the middle - 8223 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

Words in parens - 10118 entries

We should all ace this, right?

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 8842 entries


Vice versa - 5076 entries

Little role switching.

Array Transposition - 72 entries

Transpose four arrays into two.

Team names - 1097 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Simple text editing with Vim - 9723 entries

Make the pairs of lines match up by making each second line same as first

Swap values - 2957 entries

Well, swap the values...

Swap the operands under comparison - 126 entries

Swap the operands under comparison to prevent null pointer exception (at least in java)

Basic renumbering - 3930 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Array transposition - 1141 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

Collect List - 3005 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Every other line - 1690 entries


V to the i - 3389 entries

Input is 99 V's. Output is 100 i's.

multiple cursor alternative - 814 entries


From argument to object - 955 entries

This task typifies those programmers endure while coding. This C-family pseudocode needs a function argument to be repurposed as an object call. Simply search and replace? Repeat a pattern of edits?

Split line with dots - 1648 entries

This line is too long, split it.

Copy three lines - 1549 entries

If the site is up (by some miracle), make the text under every header identical.

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5289 entries

A simple case of removing unneeded code and fixing broken indentation.

switch variable - 4005 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

-a-b-c- - 2279 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

Learn some german verbs - 275 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

attr_aligner - 2710 entries

Two attr keywords. Two separate indentations. Align the colons.

quotes inside quotes - 2580 entries

taken from tip 85 of the very good book 'Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought' ! I'd be interested what people use :)

Search and Replace 0 - 3766 entries

Replace every instance of 'aaa' with 'xaaax'.

Number Sort - 149 entries

sort the list of newline-separated numbers incrementally. Numbers are in the range 1 to 1000, with 500 missing

That hyphen - 1800 entries

"vim vi improved"

Missing Library and a Typo - 535 entries

I forgot to add a c library, please add it for me. Also I'm bad at typing so fix my typo too.

Adam's challenge - 587 entries

Change both normal to bold and 4 by 2. Adam Wathan challenge this on twitter . He did it in 11 keystrokes on Sublime.

comment and uncomment code inline - 573 entries

It's very useful to be able to comment out a block of code in a quick edit. And likewise to uncomment the code. This operation often involves multi-line stanzas and even large blocks. With just line-wise navigation and insert mode this would cost you about 4 keystrokes per line. Master this hole of VimGolf and you'll quickly drop your key count in day to day Vim as well.

Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 640 entries

Get rid of the '%' symbols and shift the decimal place. This is the easier version - all the columns line up.

Extract argument from function - 1761 entries

The aim is to see if you can do some refactoring very fast.

On Being Stylish - 35 entries

Your PR cannot be accepted if you don't follow our corporate style guide.

Don't know what this is - 1542 entries

Replace contents of brackets with matching number of spaces. Don't ask what the format's supposed to be.

replacing each line of a block selection - 2304 entries

replace each line's ../assets/js with /javascripts

Order and join - 624 entries

There's something special about the input order.

Space out the alphabet - 1211 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Vertical Limit - 1950 entries

transform a succession of one word lines to a an array of strings

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2433 entries

Convert tabs to spaces, strip empty lines and trailing whitespace.

comments galore - 821 entries

Basic comment reformatting

Saving the hashes(#) - 1612 entries

The following file is copied from only for learning purpose,hope the site owner doesn't mind it), its probably the easiest of challenges.Our goal is to delete every line which doesn't contain a hash signs. The remaining hash signs with numbers are then sorted to get the final output.

Align commas - 681 entries

There are 15,000 aligning challenges on, and they're all exactly the same. I hope this one is a little different.

Switch function arguments - 1742 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

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