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convert yml into java pojo field - 65 entries

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

Swap values inside brackets - 90 entries

Easy challenge.

Simple, Practical, and Common - 18917 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.

Swap the operands under comparison - 56 entries

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

One number per line - 9257 entries

Just give me the numbers.

I forgot quotes - 9380 entries


Just the middle - 8097 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 8742 entries


Words in parens - 9931 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Vice versa - 4966 entries

Little role switching.

Team names - 1009 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Simple text editing with Vim - 9639 entries

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

Swap values - 2891 entries

Well, swap the values...

Basic renumbering - 3843 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Array transposition - 1078 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

Collect List - 2946 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Every other line - 1651 entries


V to the i - 3323 entries

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

multiple cursor alternative - 784 entries


From argument to object - 894 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 - 1627 entries

This line is too long, split it.

Copy three lines - 1503 entries

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

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5272 entries

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

Learn some german verbs - 245 entries

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

switch variable - 3936 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

-a-b-c- - 2255 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

attr_aligner - 2687 entries

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

Number Sort - 116 entries

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

quotes inside quotes - 2556 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 - 3727 entries

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

That hyphen - 1771 entries

"vim vi improved"

Missing Library and a Typo - 516 entries

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

Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 637 entries

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

Adam's challenge - 561 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 - 527 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.

Extract argument from function - 1740 entries

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

Don't know what this is - 1505 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 - 2281 entries

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

Order and join - 598 entries

There's something special about the input order.

Space out the alphabet - 1194 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Vertical Limit - 1932 entries

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

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2414 entries

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

comments galore - 802 entries

Basic comment reformatting

Saving the hashes(#) - 1595 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.

Array propagate - 188 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

Align commas - 649 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 - 1724 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Scrambled numbers - 666 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 171 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

Letter case trickery - 1360 entries

This file is in a downright esoteric format, consisting of hexadecimal numbers, non-hexadecimal keywords, and "Z" indicating end-of-line. Make the hexadecimal numbers lowercase.

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