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Played Challenges

Before there was Farmville... - 91 entries

There was old MacDonald. For my toddler. The first Vim sing-a-long?

  • Best score: 156
  • Best player score: 239
  • Number of attempts: 4
Turn this csv list into queries - 181 entries

Transform each line of this csv file into a MySQL-ready INSERT query.

  • Best score: 98
  • Best player score: 119
  • Number of attempts: 1
Java Array2List - 214 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

  • Best score: 67
  • Best player score: 89
  • Number of attempts: 4
formatted text to markdown - 173 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.

  • Best score: 70
  • Best player score: 77
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add fold markers to a .c file - 441 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 51
  • Number of attempts: 1
expand a list comprehension (python) - 240 entries

Please show your way to convert a list comprehension in python to an ordinary for-loop expression!

  • Best score: 42
  • Best player score: 50
  • Number of attempts: 1
Braces or Brackets? - 626 entries

Someone forgot whether to use braces or brackets and you have to clean up their code!

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 48
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 832 entries

A novice Python using prints Hello World! and a pro shows him different way. Using vim to get into pro style from novice, win the challenge.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 43
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat some Python - 511 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5485 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 3
HTML to Haml - 719 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 6
Assignment Alignment - 695 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
Table Reshuffle - 325 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 6
Search and Replace 0 - 4091 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reverse characters in a line - 575 entries

You have everything you need, just not in the right order. Mastermind would give you 26 white pegs.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shebangs for all - 1588 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.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
Ruby 1.9 compat - 557 entries

Remember when Ruby supported `when <expr> :`? Well, it doesn't in 1.9, so let's make sure we use `then`, without ruining our lovely new hash syntax!

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Increment, increment, increment.... - 488 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1069 entries

Rubyists talk about being cutting edge but how many are using 1.9 in production? Time to convert those verbose 1.8 hashes in to symbolic, succinct 1.9 beauties!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
The Cake is a Lie - 1119 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 10385 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
Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 486 entries

You're replying to an email with silly long lines. Clean them up.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1024 entries

Get the sentence back in the proper order, remove duplicate lines, and then combine the separate lines into one.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
The holy-grail may help - 301 entries

Can you find it in less than 20 strokes, Arthur?

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context insensitive completion 0 - 444 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.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Context Insensitive completion 1 - 394 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reverse Simple Deletion - 710 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 3
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2541 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 5
A Simple One - 840 entries

Here is a very simple one - just to illustrate/introduce a vim feature that some people seem to miss...

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat a C golf submission - 476 entries

Take this C golf submission (for the "tiny but standards-compliant Hello World program" category, naturally), and turn it into formatted C code.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 5
Change the content of a string - 1234 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 3
Generate English Alphabets - 400 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 2
Getters & Setters: Java - 141 entries

Boilerplate getters & setters - it's a tedious fact of life in Java, and probably the only thing that still pulls me back to an IDE. Perhaps someone knows a fast, pure vim way...

  • Best score: 89
  • Best player score: 132
  • Number of attempts: 4
Fix the Haiku - 247 entries

Change this slightly scrambled haiku to its unscrambled form and fix the capitalisation and punctuation along the way.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 50
  • Number of attempts: 2
Numbering a List - 1727 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reverse and count - 379 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 5
imports alignment (python) - 577 entries

Align as one import per line.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 2

Contributed Challenges

Rotating Philosophers Problem - 358 entries

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

Eivind Jahren
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entered into 37 challenges

contributed 1 challenges