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Search and Replace 0 - 4226 entries

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

Song Transcription Oops - 164 entries

When transcribing vocal music to Canjo Tab you can start by finding the lowest note and assigning that to zero and working your way up from there. However, without fail, I tend to miscount the notes and when I am near done I find a lower note. I mark this with a "z". This means I have to increase all the previous ones by 1. just a sting of numbers :)

From argument to object - 1135 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?

quotes inside quotes - 2845 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 :)

That hyphen - 2263 entries

"vim vi improved"

move titles next to url, in quotes - 355 entries

had trouble with something similar

Remove quotes after first field - 189 entries

Remove the quotes around each field except for the first field.

Extract argument from function - 2061 entries

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

Join 'em - 186 entries

This shouldn't be too tough

comment and uncomment code inline - 863 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.

Don't know what this is - 1809 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 - 2604 entries

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

Adam's challenge - 833 entries

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

Reformat Cura settings - 99 entries

Cura settings are weirdly encoded... After mere replacements, you'll have to enquote two strings (infill_pattern & speed_travel) and dont forget booleans in lowercase. #format #json

Missing Library and a Typo - 742 entries

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

citizen_hacks_2019_challenge5 - 78 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

Space out the alphabet - 1420 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Build a six - 245 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

Vertical Limit - 2168 entries

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

Around the clock - 150 entries

You'll want to use 2 special commands to complete this. If you haven't yet, read through 'input.txt', especially :help simple-changes

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2604 entries

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

Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 736 entries

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

Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 326 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/9fvsro/what_is_the_most_efficient_way_to_go_about/

Saving the hashes(#) - 1806 entries

The following file is copied from vimcasts.org(Its 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.

Comparing Schema With Diff - 43 entries

Sometimes databases output things differently one to another. Fixing things that are out of order will make the diffs more usable.

Order and join - 773 entries

There's something special about the input order.

Switch function arguments - 1857 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Align commas - 896 entries

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

Learn some german verbs - 414 entries

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

Simple format (2) - 253 entries

try again!

Letter case trickery - 1451 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.

comments galore - 911 entries

Basic comment reformatting

Make it more readable - 1775 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

citizen_hacks_2019_challenge4 - 57 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

Make HTML List - 917 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

Scrambled numbers - 753 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

Numbering a List - 1754 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

C Reformatting - 654 entries

You may use Visual mode... or not. #uppercase

Fix the XML - 896 entries

The challenge consists in having a valid xml from an incomplete source.

Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1035 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

Convert Application Output to CSV - 135 entries

Change the application output to comma-separated values

Shebangs for all - 1643 entries

We've all seen or used a shebang once or twice. Ditch the specific paths and leave just a dynamic Ruby and Python bath behind.

SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1325 entries

Oh no, this line is longer than 80 chars... put each 'vim' on a new line.

Resort and deup a CSV list - 122 entries

I'm always adding items to a sorted list. There has to be a better way dedup and resort the lists. There are multiple lists with varying lengths to discourage manual sorting. Also Australia's animals are weird.

Mess in revision history - 1015 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

Swap the operands under comparison - 236 entries

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

Count both ways - 899 entries

Right AND down.

Tables, Functions, Sprocs - 85 entries

In order to load some scripts into my database in the correct order I need to load tables first (t_), then functions (fn_), then stored procedures (sp_). The order of the t_ lines and the order of the sp_ lines should also match. Reorder the lines so they will load correctly.

Number Sort - 255 entries

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

Mirror Symmetry - 727 entries

Add backslashes.

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