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Split line with dots - 2023 entries

This line is too long, split it.

attr_aligner - 3245 entries

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

multiple cursor alternative - 1359 entries


Search and Replace 0 - 4446 entries

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

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.

html paragraph to table - 550 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

Delete to the end of the current line - 677 entries

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

quotes inside quotes - 2946 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 - 2393 entries

"vim vi improved"

convert yml into java pojo field - 781 entries

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

C# data class to F# record - 48 entries

Converting from C# to F# is not hard, but requires some manual labor. Here you should convert from a C# data class to a F# record.

From argument to object - 1221 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?

Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 558 entries

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

Extract argument from function - 2134 entries

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

Refactor typescript arrow function type - 213 entries

Make arrow function type less verbose and easier to read

replacing each line of a block selection - 2694 entries

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

Don't know what this is - 1872 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 - 945 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 - 2728 entries

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

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.

move titles next to url, in quotes - 406 entries

had trouble with something similar

Vertical Limit - 2243 entries

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

Space out the alphabet - 1479 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

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 ;-)

Quote modules (ver.2) - 112 entries

Complete golang import statement.

Add text at some column - 112 entries

Complete golang struct statement.

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.

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.

Switch function arguments - 1888 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 762 entries

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

Align commas - 949 entries

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

calculations - 187 entries

Complete these (weird) calculations.

Order and join - 811 entries

There's something special about the input order.

change parenthesis - 219 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

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 - 1812 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

Song Transcription Oops - 197 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 :)

Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 368 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder:

comments galore - 924 entries

Basic comment reformatting

Remove quotes after first field - 217 entries

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

Numbering a List - 1764 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

Make HTML List - 923 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

Learn some german verbs - 421 entries

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

Build a six - 256 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1381 entries

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

Scrambled numbers - 757 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

Shebangs for all - 1669 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.

Extract wireshark capture filter - 151 entries

Extract wireshark capture filter from IP plan

Join 'em - 192 entries

This shouldn't be too tough

Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1042 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

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