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convert yml into java pojo field - 141 entries

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

Simple, Practical, and Common - 19058 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 values inside brackets - 159 entries

Easy challenge.

One number per line - 9337 entries

Just give me the numbers.

Swap the operands under comparison - 82 entries

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

I forgot quotes - 9444 entries


Just the middle - 8135 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

Words in parens - 9975 entries

We should all ace this, right?

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 8764 entries


Vice versa - 4996 entries

Little role switching.

Team names - 1041 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Simple text editing with Vim - 9650 entries

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

Swap values - 2904 entries

Well, swap the values...

Basic renumbering - 3877 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Array transposition - 1094 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

Collect List - 2966 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Every other line - 1666 entries


V to the i - 3353 entries

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

multiple cursor alternative - 790 entries


From argument to object - 917 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 - 1630 entries

This line is too long, split it.

Copy three lines - 1526 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 - 251 entries

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

switch variable - 3944 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

-a-b-c- - 2261 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

attr_aligner - 2687 entries

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

Number Sort - 126 entries

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

quotes inside quotes - 2572 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 - 3744 entries

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

That hyphen - 1788 entries

"vim vi improved"

Missing Library and a Typo - 518 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 - 573 entries

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

Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 639 entries

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

comment and uncomment code inline - 548 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 - 1745 entries

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

Don't know what this is - 1528 entries

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

Order and join - 617 entries

There's something special about the input order.

replacing each line of a block selection - 2282 entries

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

Space out the alphabet - 1196 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Vertical Limit - 1941 entries

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

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2424 entries

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

comments galore - 810 entries

Basic comment reformatting

Saving the hashes(#) - 1597 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 - 657 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.

Letter case trickery - 1371 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.

Scrambled numbers - 667 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

Array propagate - 188 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 172 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

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