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formatted text to markdown - 175 entries

You're converting some posts from an old blog to markdown. The formatted text is far closer to the finished product than the html markup, so it seems like a good place to start. Word wrapping seems to be the main area for optimization.

Separating firstname & lastname - 108 entries

Seperate named with equal tabs.

Piphilology - 123 entries

Piphilology comprises the creation and use of mnemonic techniques to remember a span of digits of the mathematical constant π. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piphilology

Inconsistent real estate paste - 152 entries

Format a hand-typed real estate listing that uses inconsistent punctuation into four sections

Winning streak - 105 entries

Make the number on each line equal the consecutive L's or W's.

Almost encrypted - 176 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

SFD-ROC: The Quick Brown Fox - 145 entries

Someone has vandalized our text (again). Please fix to read: The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog.

swap or reverse - 98 entries

Try to swap or reverse the line as needed.

Groups magic - 140 entries

Regexp or macros for string converting: (a) -> ___ (abc) -> ____ (abcd) -> ______ All in the '(' replace to _ multiply by char count + ()

REDRUM - 139 entries

If you remember "The Shinning", the first time you saw the bloody word REDRUM you probably thinked "What the Hell is that?" Well, then you know that you need a little help from a looking-glass to make sense of it. Now it's time to use vim like a mirror to reveal the message.

Draw the Go board - 131 entries

which is a 19×19 lines board. Here we use ascii characters only for simplicity. See diff file to get a sense. (See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_(game))

Format java properties - 64 entries

Format java properties to a different format. The value which is the string following the first '=' cannot & should not change. All periods in the key get replaced with an underscore "_" and get a prefix of "b_".

Assign numbers to fields - 90 entries

You are given a list of space-separated strings. Add an increasing numeric prefix to each one.

Convert pandoc unordered list to a numbered list - 141 entries

I know it's possible to use #. in pandoc to auto-generate numbered lists, but then it's not easy to tell how many items there are when reading it in Markdown. How fast can you make the switch?

Hidden Message - 59 entries

Find the hidden message and replace all other characters with spaces.

ASCII Art - 80 entries

how good are you with simple regex?

citizen_hacks_2019_challenge3 - 22 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

Solve the Sokoban - 158 entries

A wink for all Vimgolfers that play Nethack too.

SFD-ROC: Tic-Tac-Toe - 131 entries

Tic-Tac-Toe You are 'X', and it is your turn. Stop 'O' from winning, and complete the game. Draw a diagonal line through your winning row of three X's.

The D a n k Side of the Moon - 30 entries

You're making a vaporwave cover of The Dark Side of the Moon. So for the tracklisting, you want to: 1. Change the track names to v a p o r c a s e 2. Double the track lengths (since you're slowing them down). Well... let's just double the minutes.

PEP8 Python Wrapping Comments and Code - 157 entries

According to PEP8, long flowy text and code should have different max line lengths. Code: 79 characters max Long flowy text: 72 characters max

Checkerboard case pattern - 127 entries

All the squares are white. Make some of them black. But only the right ones.

Circle in a square - 125 entries

Probably looks more like "Egg in a rectangle" in most fonts, but it's actually 23x23.

Define to require - 118 entries

When JSHint is enabled, there's a rule that doesn't let you have more than 6 arguments in a function, so the moment you need to add a 7th argument, you need to do a refactoring.

Winding path - 91 entries

It's a maze, but the bad paths have been blocked off. Mark the correct path.

CSV to JSON - 143 entries

A search for shortest vimissh way to convert CSV to JSON.

O Christmas Tree - 99 entries

Design a macro that makes trees grow (or ASCII triangles, if that's too hard).

[Real World] PHP To Markdown - 25 entries

Fun refactoring I had to do in the real world. This presents several challenges: - How to create a table that fits the informations exactly - How to keep track of two informations per line while doing the refactoring - Generate the link from the actual text Have fun!

Overall Vimgolf Rank - 137 entries

Suppose you are trying to figure out what your overall rank is at Vimgolf(the sum of all the ranks you got), and as a Vim ninja you decided to use Vim to do the job. Your solution should work for every Vimgolf profile page(The actual input file for this challenge is my Vimgolf profile page). So, direct answer insertion is considered cheating.

Back to the roots - 42 entries

Johnny has a file with more integers. He wants to change each number with its square root. Can you help him?

Complete the hex array data (Part II) - 129 entries

Do not use external tools(e.g. tac, seq) [My interpretation of Rule #7]

Changing URL path in CSS - 113 entries

What's the quickest way to swap out all the URLs in a CSS file? Is it wasted keystrokes using look-behinds and look-aheads? (I'm sorry for the delete/report--I made a mistake with the last one requiring an ugly search for graphic to replace with images. I just intended this to be a simple search and replace that might possibly generate some macros or normals solutions that are quicker)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 - 129 entries

Somebody's got this slightly muddled up. See how quickly you can fix it. (I made this to experiment with buffers. I'm not actually sure whether this is faster with buffers or without.)

Happy New Year! - 129 entries

This is a simple new year's challenge.

Label grid cells (6x6) - 18 entries

Label the cells of a grid with its coordinates. Rows are labelled top to bottom from A to F, and columns left to right from A to F. Each cell has a coordinate MN, where M is the row letter and N is the column letter.

Refactoring useless Method away - 78 entries

Real-life challenge, convert a bunch of ifs to a switch statement

Entries sort - 71 entries

It cames to my mind a weird idea : sorting parts of my .vimrc. Take few minutes to sort out this, it's easy !

Word Blender - 128 entries

The insides of long words seem to have been run through the blender. Can you fix this famous tale, brave knight?

Letters are numbers - 127 entries

Letters and numbers are interchangeable. A lot of programming languages give you simple ways to convert individual letters to hex, binary and decimal but does Vim?

Write Setters and Getters for PHP - 86 entries

Just simple automation of writing Setters and Getters like Doctrine might use.

Calculate the table totals - 107 entries

Go ahead... commit the treachery of using vim as a spreadsheet.

Extract text from xml - 101 entries

Extract text from xml file (ignoring commented out elements) and create a one line regex.

Rail fence transposition cipher - 70 entries

Solve a rail fence transposition cipher using vim. This ciphertext was created using two rails. Use vim to transpose the text and recover the original quote.

Fill visual area - 70 entries

Just have fun!

Printable ASCII characters - 95 entries

From a blank input, print all 95 printing ASCII characters one per line, from space to tilde.

Pascal's Triangle - 21 entries

Generate the first 17 left-justified rows of Pascal's triangle.

Square numbers - 70 entries

Boring math puzzle.

Ninjas Leaderboard - 84 entries

The two lines in "Start file" has an obfuscated email address. Second line give an index (from 1 to 30) to the chars list of the first line, for example, the first char of email (n) is in position 25, second char (i) is in position 19 and s.o.

42-header - 36 entries

Rush 42mexican-standoff at 42 school

SFD-ROC: Pipe Dreams - 93 entries

Move the pipes so they match the output.

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