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Python: Def to Lambda - 81 entries


attr_aligner - 3263 entries

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

Turn the x - 82 entries

Turn the x to a +

Split line with dots - 2029 entries

This line is too long, split it.

Put the months in order - 799 entries

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

Search and Replace 0 - 4464 entries

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

Data reformat - 128 entries

Reformat this copy-paste data! #csv

Cool or not? - 696 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

multiple cursor alternative - 1363 entries


Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 656 entries

Clean and group.

Capitalize the Names - 139 entries

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

quotes inside quotes - 2966 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 - 2411 entries

"vim vi improved"

Delete to the end of the current line - 692 entries

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

html paragraph to table - 551 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

From argument to object - 1230 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?

convert yml into java pojo field - 784 entries

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

Extract argument from function - 2138 entries

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

Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 566 entries

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

replacing each line of a block selection - 2706 entries

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

Don't know what this is - 1884 entries

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

comment and uncomment code inline - 950 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.

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2733 entries

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

Vertical Limit - 2254 entries

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

Space out the alphabet - 1480 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Adam's challenge - 889 entries

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

Refactor typescript arrow function type - 216 entries

Make arrow function type less verbose and easier to read

Saving the hashes(#) - 1876 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.

move titles next to url, in quotes - 406 entries

had trouble with something similar

Missing Library and a Typo - 784 entries

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

Levenshtein distance - 48 entries

Compute distance for each pair. Notice that this recursive implementation is very inefficient. Wagner-Fischer algorithm is iterative and much faster. #vimscript

Switch function arguments - 1888 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

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.

Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 765 entries

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

Align commas - 957 entries

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

ASCII-art Histogram - 239 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 ;-)

Order and join - 811 entries

There's something special about the input order.

Letter case trickery - 1481 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.

Make it more readable - 1818 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

C to python code snippet - 29 entries

C code can be easily translated into Python code. However, the difference in syntax can make this process tedious and time-consuming. Can Vim help you here?

Format the CSS - 37 entries

You just copied some CSS color names from the web and need to add them to your python module. Create the COLORS variable and assign a dict() with the names as keys and hex-colors as values. BEWARE OF THE TABS!!

comments galore - 930 entries

Basic comment reformatting

Numbering a List - 1765 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

change parenthesis - 220 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 368 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder:

calculations - 187 entries

Complete these (weird) calculations.

Make HTML List - 924 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1412 entries

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

Shebangs for all - 1689 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.

Remove quotes after first field - 225 entries

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

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