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A simple change - 368 entries

Just change the numbers in the most efficient way ...

Pairs of numbers - 336 entries

Line 1 represents x, line 2 y-data. Bring the corresponding pairs in the form "[x,y]\n"

7th Birthday - 171 entries

We have a bunch of numbers written from 0 to 9 in the order present in the text input file. The task is to create 7 by replacing the numbers with dashes.

citizen_hacks_2019_challenge1 - 28 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition

Context insensitive completion 0 - 450 entries

Buried in the lines you're not supposed to add is the line "Add this line!" Add that line to the top of the file.

Replacing some words - 400 entries

How fast could it be?

Kolakoski sequence -- level 1 - 51 entries

Generate the Kolakoski sequence as described by its first 75 terms.

Sorting paragraphs - 443 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

Add fold markers to a .c file - 443 entries

Fold markers can make it easier to navigate source code. Add them to this .c file.

Hash staircase - 36 entries

Can you use a strategy to come up with this pattern?

Add Go XML to structure tags - 130 entries

The Go programming language can directly map XML to structure fields. Add the correct XML tag after each field.

Going underground.... - 298 entries

Simple reformatting: in this case changing from the format London underground supplies its customers with, to the format that Google Calendar likes...

Separate the lines - 129 entries

Every other line is mixed up. Separate them into their original texts.

If-then-else regexp - 37 entries

Rules: - golf is never following golf - vim comes first! Drawing a finite-state machine diagram could help. #regexp

Generate English Alphabets - 422 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

Line Zipper - 401 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

Indentation - 418 entries

Indent each line according to the right number of spaces it needs.

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 333 entries

Someone has vandalized this text file and replaced the beginning character of one word in each line with a Big "X." Please remove the big X's, and fix each line to read "The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog."

Case preserving word replacement - 394 entries

Half way through my project, my people turned into dogs. Now I have to change everything in my source.

vim1001 - 243 entries

change number 1001 into a "vim1001 sequence". (My first challenge, hope it is not too bad... )

you're stuck on jQuery < 1.7 - 324 entries

replace calls to jQuery 1.7+'s `on` with calls to pre 1.7 `bind`

Context Insensitive completion 1 - 397 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

Insert a Markdown link - 389 entries

Put a link in a markdown document, using the after-the-paragraph format.

Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 297 entries

"Sort by popularity" is a good order to play the challenges. Not perfect, but you could do a lot worse. ;) Input is a sample copy-pasted from Some of the challenge names have digits that will get in your way, so read ":help :sort" for hints on sorting with a regex. When you're done, try your solution on the full list!

Reverse and count - 381 entries

Someone typed things upside down and now a Vim ninja needs to reverse the lines and count how many there are.

Shuffled numbers - 199 entries

Each number is paired with the number it should follow. That's enough information to put them in order.

Hatsuyume - 367 entries

NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 223 entries

Just testing.

Sort files from hosts - 131 entries

Resume files by host. I hope you enjoy with this challenge

Rotating Philosophers Problem - 360 entries

Can you help the philosophers find a good place to sit before they get five forks and spaghetti?

Un"finnish"ed Work - 102 entries

Replace å by a, ä by a and ö by o.

For all cases. - 106 entries

In this case... change it! :) Watch the line.

Rule 110 - 31 entries

Compute the next 5 iterations of Rule 110 with the given starting state.

Mirrored text - 153 entries

backward and forward, and long enough to be challenging

Sorting database text output - 193 entries

Sometimes it is nice to be able to quickly take column-formatted text output from the SQL command line and turn it into a list of useful data. In this case we want a unique, sorted list of the values from the second column combined into one comma-separated list. What is the fewest strokes you can do this in?

FoodCritic023: Prefer conditional attributes - 161 entries

FoodCritic ( is a lint tool for your Chef ( cookbooks. FC023 indicates that you should prefer Chef guards over Ruby conditions. This challenge expects you to be able to fix this issue in a sample cookbook, given the FoodCritic output: ================================================================ FC023: Prefer conditional attributes: cookbooks/foo/recipes/default.rb:25 ================================================================ See for more details about the changes being made.

Change your calendar - 270 entries

Happy New Year!

citizen_hacks_2019_challenge3 - 21 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

Sort entries based on date - 304 entries

Sort some entries in a Ledger-file based on date.

Start coding format - 123 entries

I used to start coding with following format: int main(){ -(cursor here) }

Array of characters - 131 entries

We all copy paste things off the internet, but the syntax doesn't look right. Fix it as fast as possible.

Table Reshuffle - 325 entries

Fix the column order in this table... also append the new 'username' column.

Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 200 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

underscore_to_camelCase - 141 entries

Pointy haired boss decided we need to switch to camelCase. Let's get this over with.

learn vim in short time - 189 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

Shift down - 187 entries

Number words are back.

Vim's not included features - 157 entries

Filter not included (-) features in a hypothetical installation of vim.

Reformat long lines - 316 entries

Rearrange this ruby method call to put each parameter on its own line. Could become a useful macro.

JS notation to Immutable.js notation - 143 entries

Now Immutable.js made its way into many frontends. This challenge consists of a typical refactoring that many of us are facing now.

Get rid of html tags - 315 entries

Want to read more about Vim's background? Then get rid of those html tags...

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