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Played Challenges

ninja substitution - 835 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 133
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add string initializers to an enum - 504 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 100
  • Number of attempts: 3
calculations - 166 entries

Complete these (weird) calculations.

  • Best score: 38
  • Best player score: 80
  • Number of attempts: 1
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 553 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 78
  • Number of attempts: 1
Put the months in order - 628 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 75
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5587 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 75
  • Number of attempts: 1
attr_aligner - 3106 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 73
  • Number of attempts: 1
C Reformatting - 654 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 69
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 3674 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 60
  • Number of attempts: 1
Line under headers - 973 entries

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

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 53
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 10758 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 51
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2304 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 45
  • Number of attempts: 1
Numbering a List - 1755 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 40
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array transposition - 1803 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 70
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shebangs for all - 1643 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: 40
  • Number of attempts: 1
Box it - 4859 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 64
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fix the XML - 896 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2614 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2108 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 3
Team names - 1570 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 1
One number per line - 14849 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 3
Condensed Cases - 718 entries

Apple's new programming language, Swift, allows two style of case statements: 1) one Enum case on each line, or 2) multiple Enum cases on a single line. Convert the following from the first case (no pun intended) to the second type.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 1
convert yml into java pojo field - 732 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: 90
  • Number of attempts: 1
Copy three lines - 2299 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple, Practical, and Common - 27778 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: 30
  • Number of attempts: 3
Com(m)a Trouble - 2305 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 3
From A to B - 520 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4265 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Unsemantic linewrapping - 520 entries

[Inspired by a blog post I read: https://scott.mn/2014/02/21/semantic_linewrapping/. Text adapted.] Sometimes when editing a Markdown file, I wrap the lines semantically. Instead of inserting a newline at 70 columns (or whatever), or making paragraphs one long line, I put in newlines at a point that seems logical to me. This may seem silly, but it produces better diffs. Semantic linewrapping also makes editing snappier. I can delete, edit or insert sentences easily using linewise operations. Code-oriented text editors like Vim and [REDACTED] are really good at this kind of manipulation. Editing text that hasn't been wrapped semantically is a pain, though:

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vertical Limit - 2189 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 1
Switch function arguments - 1858 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
-a-b-c- - 2760 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 3
One to Ten - 1474 entries

Generate the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10, one number per line. Inspired by this Reddit thread: https://redd.it/ak4it2

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
multiple cursor alternative - 1233 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: 49
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1260 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mirror Symmetry - 727 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4473 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 1939 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
Where should I put the Newline? - 820 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Count both ways - 903 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Adam's challenge - 852 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: 46
  • Number of attempts: 1
Join 'em - 188 entries

This shouldn't be too tough

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 1
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge5 - 88 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letter case trickery - 1451 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: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 883 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: 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
Bad Copy Syntax - 1312 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 4
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge6 - 35 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 3
  • Number of attempts: 1
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge2 - 135 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reorder the groups - 797 entries

Change the order so that the groups of fruit come before the vegetables.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 2
Missing Library and a Typo - 768 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: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
The meaning - 506 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove quotes after first field - 198 entries

Remove the quotes around each field except for the first field.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 6434 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge4 - 59 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 9874 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 6
Cool or not? - 577 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 1
Paragraph breaks - 424 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 748 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: 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 2375 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
Delete to the end of the current line - 579 entries

Delete to the end of the current line, but keep the character under the cursor.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 3
That hyphen - 2292 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 4191 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
comments galore - 911 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 13124 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
From argument to object - 1175 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 4889 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 2
Align commas - 907 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add semicolons - 5596 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract argument from function - 2084 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 11568 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 3
move titles next to url, in quotes - 374 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 70
  • Number of attempts: 1
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 612 entries

Convert strings in SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case. Examples: EMPLOYEE_NAME -> Employee Name REVENUE_YEAR_TO_DATE -> Revenue Year To Date SALARY -> Salary

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 63
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values inside brackets - 1897 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap the operands under comparison - 236 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 950 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 1
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1332 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
camel riding - 713 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make it more readable - 1781 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 511 entries

Change the middle part of the function name in multiple places, preferably using the next and dot commands.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
Order and join - 780 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 2881 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: 14
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove dupes from array - 1253 entries

given a random string that contains a ruby-esque array, make sure that there are no duplicate elements

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9833 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 5
The Cake is a Lie - 1143 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Space out the alphabet - 1436 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values - 3853 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 2
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