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Played Challenges

Array transposition - 1414 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 48
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5391 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 44
  • Number of attempts: 1
Scrambled numbers - 704 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 43
  • Number of attempts: 1
Todo list specification - 284 entries

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

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 42
  • Number of attempts: 1
attr_aligner - 2847 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 1
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2518 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple, Practical, and Common - 22736 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: 2
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 1
-a-b-c- - 2474 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hello ${world} - 205 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
Missing Library and a Typo - 640 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: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Copy three lines - 1861 entries

If the site is up (by some miracle), make the text under every header identical.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
quotes inside quotes - 2684 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: 2
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Order and join - 717 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 4
Create a table - 223 entries

Convert the given input into a formatted table

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 4
Vice versa - 5620 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Interactive git rebase changing commands - 142 entries

How to change the action of some commits in git rebase dialog.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
That hyphen - 1992 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
From argument to object - 1026 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: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
Stairstep digits - 208 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Every other line - 1937 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 10644 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 8769 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Space out the alphabet - 1318 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9280 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Separate the lines - 126 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Search and Replace 0 - 3921 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 3303 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Extract argument from function - 1928 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letter case trickery - 1416 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.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 721 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.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Saving the hashes(#) - 1688 entries

The following file is copied from vimcasts.org(Its 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.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
Don't know what this is - 1669 entries

Replace contents of brackets with matching number of spaces. Don't ask what the format's supposed to be.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2440 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 5
multiple cursor alternative - 975 entries

from: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/6w5pfa/crosspost_from_remacs_how_would_you_do_this_in_vim/

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 54
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mirror Symmetry - 686 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
One number per line - 11390 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
Paragraph breaks - 389 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Switch function arguments - 1795 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2063 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 3
comments galore - 883 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 3693 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple addition - 217 entries

The right side of the equation is already there. We just need the left one now.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4189 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values - 3313 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 685 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fix the XML - 837 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 10129 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add Go XML to structure tags - 127 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: 32
  • Number of attempts: 1
Adam's challenge - 694 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: 26
  • Number of attempts: 3
Make it more readable - 1719 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
camel riding - 678 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 1747 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 10856 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
From A to B - 487 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
Nesting SASS - 208 entries

Move a block inside another block and indent it

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 4380 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 4
Align commas - 767 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: 25
  • Number of attempts: 3
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 988 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 3
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