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Hogwarts Email Sorting - 68 entries

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

Add semicolons - 5655 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

Simple, Practical, and Common - 27794 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.

Box it - 4878 entries

Create a box around a line.

One number per line - 14868 entries

Just give me the numbers.

Line under headers - 988 entries

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

I forgot quotes - 13199 entries


Bad Copy Syntax - 1314 entries

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

remove lines containing the word "reader" - 2385 entries

easy stuff

Just the middle - 9889 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 624 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

Words in parens - 11585 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Com(m)a Trouble - 2314 entries

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

Applying same text modification in several lines - 2139 entries

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

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9848 entries


One to Ten - 1481 entries

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

Vice versa - 6438 entries

Little role switching.

Add string initializers to an enum - 510 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

Swap values inside brackets - 1917 entries

Easy challenge.

Reorder the groups - 799 entries

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

Simple text editing with Vim - 10775 entries

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

Unsemantic linewrapping - 530 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:

ninja substitution - 838 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

Swap values - 3884 entries

Well, swap the values...

Basic renumbering - 4893 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Refactor typescript arrow function type - 149 entries

Make arrow function type less verbose and easier to read

Collect List - 3678 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

V to the i - 4194 entries

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

Team names - 1576 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Array transposition - 1803 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

Every other line - 2307 entries


Increment each number - 636 entries

Increment each number individually by one

Cool or not? - 577 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 553 entries

Clean and group.

Copy three lines - 2299 entries

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

html paragraph to table - 473 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5587 entries

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

Put the months in order - 628 entries

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

Delete to the end of the current line - 580 entries

Delete to the end of the current line, but keep the character under the cursor.

switch variable - 4478 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

Split line with dots - 1943 entries

This line is too long, split it.

convert yml into java pojo field - 752 entries

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

-a-b-c- - 2768 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

multiple cursor alternative - 1233 entries


attr_aligner - 3106 entries

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

ASCII-art Histogram - 205 entries

Create an ASCCI-art histogram for the given numbers. Make sure not to leave trailing whitespaces. Thanks to VimGolf I recently discovered a feature of Vim thAT blew my mind. I'm curious to see what real ninjas make of it ;-)

Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 511 entries

Change the middle part of the function name in multiple places, preferably using the next and dot commands.

Search and Replace 0 - 4284 entries

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

From argument to object - 1179 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?

calculations - 166 entries

Complete these (weird) calculations.

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