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Played Challenges

Todo list specification - 294 entries

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

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 40
  • Number of attempts: 1
Create a table - 246 entries

Convert the given input into a formatted table

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 820 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: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Collect List - 3533 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values - 3587 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 3
Team names - 1474 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Adam's challenge - 798 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: 25
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 10466 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 3952 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add Go XML to structure tags - 128 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: 25
  • Number of attempts: 2
create arrows in a list - 65 entries

Add arrow at same distance

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Separate the lines - 126 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9550 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Copy three lines - 2085 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple addition - 234 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 9337 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 11108 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 25356 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: 28
  • Number of attempts: 5
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 723 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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
From argument to object - 1113 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: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
Stairstep digits - 218 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2125 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
Nesting SASS - 220 entries

Move a block inside another block and indent it

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array transposition - 1638 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 1840 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 11966 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
One number per line - 13045 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 5992 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 4634 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
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