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Played Challenges

Extract argument from function - 2136 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 2925 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
From argument to object - 1225 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?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 5
Swap values - 4222 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
Collect List - 3956 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Basic renumbering - 5186 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
comments galore - 924 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array propagate - 264 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make HTML List - 923 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 5
That hyphen - 2397 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
readability - 292 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array transposition - 2046 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 8
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2516 entries

Remove identical text at the beginning of several lines and the closing parenthesis.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Space out the alphabet - 1479 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 3
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.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 4
Add to end of each line... kinda - 280 entries

Visual-block mode can be used to add something to the end of each line, even if they are of differing lengths. However, what if it's not quite at the end?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2561 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 4422 entries

Input is 99 V's. Output is 100 i's.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10180 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 30718 entries

Simple things we do all the time should be able to be done with very few keystrokes, but sometimes I find something I need to do makes me go, "There MUST be a better way." This challenge is just a simple movement and entering text at a certain place.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add Go XML to structure tags - 131 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 3
Mirror Symmetry - 739 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
camel riding - 731 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Scrambled numbers - 759 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 3
Separate the lines - 130 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
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.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 6
Align commas - 949 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.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fix the XML - 904 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 5
Words in parens - 12139 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 3
attr_aligner - 3246 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 4
Count both ways - 921 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 10550 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 6993 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
I forgot quotes - 14678 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remove noise from HTTP log - 624 entries

This piece of log (from the year 2000) contains some irrelevant data. We only want to see the HTTP method and resource.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Alsa configuration - 478 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 5
Shift down - 189 entries

Number words are back.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5698 entries

A simple case of removing unneeded code and fixing broken indentation.

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 2
Restore order to the alphabet - 161 entries

The numbers are OK. The letters are wonky.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
quotes inside quotes - 2952 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 :)

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Line 'em up! - 304 entries

It can be so hard to keep everything neatly lined-up. Somebody clearly hasn't bothered here. Tidy it up, please!

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
For all cases. - 108 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Todo list specification - 319 entries

The every item on the todo list must be done today. Modify the list to reflect that.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 4
Sorting a glossary - 101 entries

Sort a glossary. Glossary head contains a header phrase ending with ':' and glossary body has multi line text indented with a tab.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 11093 entries

Make the pairs of lines match up by making each second line same as first

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
From A to B - 530 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 3
Free hyphen! - 133 entries

Just like "Inner hyphens", but I'm giving you a free hyphen to play with. Will your solution be any different?

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
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