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28482 active golfers, 336557 entries, 481 challenges

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prepend * to every non-blank line - 3265 entries

Prepend an asterisk to every non-blank line in the input file.

Add semicolons - 8134 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

Simple, Practical, and Common - 30271 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.

xrandr outputs and dashes - 218 entries

uh oh, different video drivers identify display outputs with more dashes. Quick, need to change this xrandr script!

Box it - 6277 entries

Create a box around a line.

Yo To Hello - 379 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

One number per line - 16564 entries

Just give me the numbers.

From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 284 entries

ThunderLinks are durable hyperlinks to specific email messages generated from Thunderbird in HTML format. Leverage the power of vim to make them suitable for a markdown-formatted file.

Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 394 entries

For each line replace a search pattern (in this case $) with numbers starting at 1 and then increasing by 1 for each replaced match. a$b$c$ -> a0b1c2

Data reformat - 98 entries

Reformat this copy-paste data! #csv

I forgot quotes - 14458 entries


remove lines containing the word "reader" - 2908 entries

easy stuff

Just the middle - 10428 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

Line under headers - 1452 entries

Put a line under each header, and remove the other markdown formatting.

Bad Copy Syntax - 1621 entries

Copy should be from right to left, but sometimes you type it wrong.

Words in parens - 12053 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Quote modules - 656 entries

Complete golang import statement.

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10143 entries


Com(m)a Trouble - 2793 entries

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

Get mail address from outlook format - 358 entries

Create a mail list space separated of mail list formatted by outlook

Applying same text modification in several lines - 2443 entries

Remove identical text at the beginning of several lines and the closing parenthesis.

Vice versa - 6919 entries

Little role switching.

Capitalize the Names - 120 entries

I want to capitalize the names in quotes, but just the people's names, not the file names.

Aliases for cd - 548 entries

Create these beautiful aliases with as few strokes as possible. Are you up for the challenge?

Hogwarts Email Sorting - 559 entries

Given a list of emails, get the students full name and their associated house.

One to Ten - 1728 entries

Generate the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10, one number per line. Inspired by this Reddit thread:

Simple text editing with Vim - 11047 entries

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

Alphabet soup - 156 entries

Create a column of all alphabet characters organized in a funky way

Swap values inside brackets - 2144 entries

Easy challenge.

SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 831 entries

Convert strings in SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case. Examples: EMPLOYEE_NAME -> Employee Name REVENUE_YEAR_TO_DATE -> Revenue Year To Date SALARY -> Salary

Swap values - 4178 entries

Well, swap the values...

Basic renumbering - 5136 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Reorder the groups - 922 entries

Change the order so that the groups of fruit come before the vegetables.

ninja substitution - 1017 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

Collect List - 3912 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Add string initializers to an enum - 619 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

V to the i - 4374 entries

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

Unsemantic linewrapping - 636 entries

[Inspired by a blog post I read: Text adapted.] Sometimes when editing a Markdown file, I wrap the lines semantically. Instead of inserting a newline at 70 columns (or whatever), or making paragraphs one long line, I put in newlines at a point that seems logical to me. This may seem silly, but it produces better diffs. Semantic linewrapping also makes editing snappier. I can delete, edit or insert sentences easily using linewise operations. Code-oriented text editors like Vim and [REDACTED] are really good at this kind of manipulation. Editing text that hasn't been wrapped semantically is a pain, though:

Array transposition - 1995 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

Every other line - 2525 entries


Team names - 1637 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Copy three lines - 2483 entries

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

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5690 entries

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

Increment each number - 760 entries

Increment each number individually by one

switch variable - 4644 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

Reconstruct the actual output from my unit test tool report - 95 entries

When a test fails, my unit test tool reports differences between the actual output and the expected output as follow: - line in the expected output but missing in the actual output are prefixed with a dash - unexpected lines in the actual output are prefixed with a plus sign - comments added by the unit test tool are prefixed with a question mark - common lines are showed `as-is` (well, almost;) From that "diff" format, I would like to reconstruct the actual output.

Put the months in order - 762 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

C# data class to F# record - 48 entries

Converting from C# to F# is not hard, but requires some manual labor. Here you should convert from a C# data class to a F# record.

Cool or not? - 662 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 644 entries

Clean and group.

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