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Played Challenges

Todo list specification - 274 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: 3
Make HTML List - 825 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 11
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5358 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 9
C Reformatting - 581 entries

You may use Visual mode... or not. #uppercase

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 13
Subnetting - 57 entries

Split up the IP addresses in the right way.

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array propagate - 210 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 5
Alsa configuration - 448 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 10
Simple, Practical, and Common - 21246 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: 5
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 9
Learn some german verbs - 326 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 6
attr_aligner - 2795 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 17
Adam's challenge - 639 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: 12
Scrambled numbers - 696 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 12
Array transposition - 1297 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 9
42-header - 28 entries

Rush 42mexican-standoff at 42 school

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
Mess in revision history - 927 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 12
Assign numbers to fields - 81 entries

You are given a list of space-separated strings. Add an increasing numeric prefix to each one.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Team names - 1227 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
Hello ${world} - 198 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 7
Missing Library and a Typo - 597 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: 8
Format java properties - 63 entries

Format java properties to a different format. The value which is the string following the first '=' cannot & should not change. All periods in the key get replaced with an underscore "_" and get a prefix of "b_".

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 4
Create a table - 215 entries

Convert the given input into a formatted table

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 5
From A to B - 480 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2508 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 16
Interactive git rebase changing commands - 137 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 5
Vertical Limit - 2032 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 12
Switch function arguments - 1785 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 6
Search and Replace 0 - 3841 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 8
create arrows in a list - 62 entries

Add arrow at same distance

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Paragraph breaks - 381 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values - 3155 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 6
I forgot quotes - 10181 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 8
From argument to object - 1008 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
Stairstep digits - 202 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 3
Every other line - 1806 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
multiple cursor alternative - 892 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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 6
Mirror Symmetry - 681 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 5
Back to the roots - 34 entries

Johnny has a file with more integers. He wants to change each number with its square root. Can you help him?

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 10523 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 10
Fix the XML - 836 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 6
Paragraph sort - 300 entries

My large herbivorous mammals, Vim commands, and POSIX utilities need to be sorted separately.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 5
replace 2nd column blanks with values in same column if blank - 173 entries

Where ,SOMELOGB and ,SOMELOGC replaces each /r carriage return if 2nd column is blank. The replace only happens if 2nd column is blank though and should replace up to the non blank row.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
comments galore - 870 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 5
V to the i - 3564 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 4
Split line with dots - 1715 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 6
Where should I put the Newline? - 782 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 180 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 4
Count both ways - 850 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Combines all items - 226 entries

For each line that starts with the same number I want to combine its contents

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 8496 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 4
Saving the hashes(#) - 1686 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: 20
  • Number of attempts: 11
replacing each line of a block selection - 2398 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 9
Don't know what this is - 1606 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: 11
  • Number of attempts: 10
Extract argument from function - 1816 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 10
Order and join - 695 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 7
quotes inside quotes - 2647 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 7
comment and uncomment code inline - 627 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
  • Number of attempts: 4
Letter case trickery - 1413 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: 9
  • Number of attempts: 6
That hyphen - 1859 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 11
Nesting SASS - 204 entries

Move a block inside another block and indent it

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Align commas - 760 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: 11
  • Number of attempts: 9
Basic renumbering - 4143 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 14
Numbering a List - 1698 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 7
Collect List - 3164 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 9
Vice versa - 5386 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 8
switch variable - 4095 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple addition - 213 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9081 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 5
Space out the alphabet - 1274 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 7
Simple text editing with Vim - 9933 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1241 entries

Oh no, this line is longer than 80 chars... put each 'vim' on a new line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 7
camel riding - 673 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Make it more readable - 1718 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 6
-a-b-c- - 2368 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 10
Copy three lines - 1709 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 16
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 668 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
  • Number of attempts: 13
Words in parens - 10374 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 7
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 981 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 14
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