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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 32752 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
  • Position: #1475 / 7238
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap values - 4401 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #449 / 1233
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 18269 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #1781 / 3766
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values inside brackets - 2404 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #140 / 555
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 4602 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1293 / 1840
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2704 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #10 / 804
  • Number of attempts: 4
Refactor typescript arrow function type - 273 entries

Make arrow function type less verbose and easier to read

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #10 / 61
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap the operands under comparison - 251 entries

Swap the operands under comparison to prevent null pointer exception (at least in java)

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #32 / 90
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 10449 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1119 / 2959
  • Number of attempts: 1
Bad Copy Syntax - 1883 entries

Copy should be from right to left, but sometimes you type it wrong.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #136 / 479
  • Number of attempts: 3
Split line with dots - 2075 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #142 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3426 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #578 / 1110
  • Number of attempts: 1
Com(m)a Trouble - 3287 entries

Someone was real stupid when placing his commas. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #306 / 743
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 7637 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #234 / 1824
  • Number of attempts: 2
multiple cursor alternative - 1419 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: 20
  • Position: #149 / 364
  • Number of attempts: 1
html paragraph to table - 583 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 55
  • Position: #51 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 3
From argument to object - 1250 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: 18
  • Position: #213 / 412
  • Number of attempts: 1
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 696 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #69 / 162
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2781 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #21 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 5
Copy three lines - 2755 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #227 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 4
Extract argument from function - 2186 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #211 / 721
  • Number of attempts: 1
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 459 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/9fvsro/what_is_the_most_efficient_way_to_go_about/

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #48 / 114
  • Number of attempts: 3
Number Sort - 281 entries

sort the list of newline-separated numbers incrementally. Numbers are in the range 1 to 1000, with 500 missing

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #74 / 149
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 974 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: 9
  • Position: #103 / 290
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 11079 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2685 / 4090
  • Number of attempts: 2
Team names - 1755 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #180 / 564
  • Number of attempts: 2
Return the cow - 71 entries

This cow is too verbose. Give it a lesson.

  • Best score: 52
  • Best player score: 96
  • Position: #19 / 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
Missing Library and a Typo - 826 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: 18
  • Position: #127 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5395 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #666 / 1219
  • Number of attempts: 4
Adam's challenge - 905 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
  • Position: #69 / 253
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 791 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: 13
  • Position: #118 / 269
  • Number of attempts: 1
ninja substitution - 1254 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #82 / 240
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 7434 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #770 / 2016
  • Number of attempts: 2
Line under headers - 1853 entries

Put a line under each header, and remove the other markdown formatting.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #225 / 460
  • Number of attempts: 1
Greek Letters - 59 entries

Starting with a list of Greek letters, create a cross-reference table showing all of the Greek alpha-beta. You'll likely need to use digraphs (:help digraphs). Note that while most digraphs can be entered with either character first, lowercase sigma has two digraphs -- s* AND *s! Good luck!

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 91
  • Position: #15 / 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
convert yml into java pojo field - 800 entries

How fast vim can create fields for java pojo i.e class declaration referring to a (simple) yml file

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #32 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 3
Collect List - 4149 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #386 / 1160
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15647 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #782 / 4096
  • Number of attempts: 6
Split the words - 346 entries

Add the spaces manually if you must, but if you use Vim's spell checking feature wisely, I think you'll save a LARGE number of strokes.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #18 / 104
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10511 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1306 / 3628
  • Number of attempts: 1
attr_aligner - 3350 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #375 / 678
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letter case trickery - 1517 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: 10
  • Position: #55 / 493
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 2996 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: 3
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #60 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 12682 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1213 / 3905
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array Transposition - 166 entries

Transpose four arrays into two.

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #23 / 49
  • Number of attempts: 2
replacing each line of a block selection - 2740 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #108 / 724
  • Number of attempts: 4
Remember FizzBuzz? - 553 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 50
  • Position: #40 / 158
  • Number of attempts: 8
Simple text editing with Vim - 11391 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1615 / 3347
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5835 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #441 / 1442
  • Number of attempts: 1
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