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Search and Replace 0 - 4206 entries

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

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.

From argument to object - 1132 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 - 2834 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 :)

move titles next to url, in quotes - 349 entries

had trouble with something similar

Remove quotes after first field - 188 entries

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

That hyphen - 2250 entries

"vim vi improved"

Join 'em - 180 entries

This shouldn't be too tough

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

Extract argument from function - 2049 entries

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

citizen_hacks_2019_challenge5 - 69 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

comment and uncomment code inline - 862 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 - 1805 entries

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

Around the clock - 148 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

replacing each line of a block selection - 2591 entries

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

Adam's challenge - 832 entries

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

Build a six - 239 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

Missing Library and a Typo - 741 entries

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

Space out the alphabet - 1413 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Vertical Limit - 2167 entries

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

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2599 entries

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

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/

Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 735 entries

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

citizen_hacks_2019_challenge4 - 51 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

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.

Order and join - 772 entries

There's something special about the input order.

Simple format (2) - 253 entries

try again!

Learn some german verbs - 411 entries

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

Switch function arguments - 1852 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Align commas - 882 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.

Letter case trickery - 1450 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 - 910 entries

Basic comment reformatting

Make it more readable - 1769 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

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.

Convert Application Output to CSV - 132 entries

Change the application output to comma-separated values

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.

Numbering a List - 1752 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

C Reformatting - 652 entries

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

Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1033 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

Fix the XML - 884 entries

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

Tables, Functions, Sprocs - 81 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.

Shebangs for all - 1632 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 - 1305 entries

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

Swap the operands under comparison - 226 entries

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

Mess in revision history - 1001 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

Count both ways - 887 entries

Right AND down.

Number Sort - 248 entries

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

Mirror Symmetry - 716 entries

Add backslashes.

remove dupes from array - 1220 entries

given a random string that contains a ruby-esque array, make sure that there are no duplicate elements

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