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Played Challenges

html paragraph to table - 330 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 58
  • Number of attempts: 6
Santa's naughty / nice list - 53 entries

Christmas is here and Santa hasn't decided who's naughty or nice yet. He's given a list of names to his programmer friend to quickly split the children into naughty and nice. Hint: There's a hidden pattern that might be familiar.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 57
  • Number of attempts: 1
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 277 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: 35
  • Number of attempts: 4
Sort and add attributes - 1082 entries

Sort the states and add the attribute country to each record.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 3
multiple cursor alternative - 1045 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: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1233 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 2
Python challenge - 93 entries

Change the types of the variables in the list from str to float, while keeping the truncation.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 40
  • Number of attempts: 5
Box it - 2398 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 4
convert yml into java pojo field - 637 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: 39
  • Number of attempts: 1
Copy three lines - 2002 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: 1
One to Ten - 849 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
quotes inside quotes - 2757 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reorder the groups - 232 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 10940 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Condensed Cases - 681 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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reverse Simple Deletion - 705 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
The name of the game - 581 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 9087 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mute the second method of this script - 409 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context insensitive completion 0 - 444 entries

Buried in the lines you're not supposed to add is the line "Add this line!" Add that line to the top of the file.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract argument from function - 1994 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
comments galore - 904 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 3872 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 1801 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Where should I put the Newline? - 796 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Flip the bit - 73 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Append semicolon after expressions - 852 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Join 'em - 95 entries

This shouldn't be too tough

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letter case trickery - 1433 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: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 790 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: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
Interactive git rebase changing commands - 146 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
learn vim in short time - 186 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make Fancy Header - 905 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 828 entries

A novice Python using prints Hello World! and a pro shows him different way. Using vim to get into pro style from novice, win the challenge.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 42
  • Number of attempts: 2
Missing Library and a Typo - 672 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: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
Tables, Functions, Sprocs - 47 entries

In order to load some scripts into my database in the correct order I need to load tables first (t_), then functions (fn_), then stored procedures (sp_). The order of the t_ lines and the order of the sp_ lines should also match. Reorder the lines so they will load correctly.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 5
The meaning - 498 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 202 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5470 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 43
  • Number of attempts: 1
For all cases. - 104 entries

In this case... change it! :) Watch the line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap assigned value - 492 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat a C golf submission - 470 entries

Take this C golf submission (for the "tiny but standards-compliant Hello World program" category, naturally), and turn it into formatted C code.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 2
Around the clock - 81 entries

You'll want to use 2 special commands to complete this. If you haven't yet, read through 'input.txt', especially :help simple-changes

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add to end of each line... kinda - 264 entries

Visual-block mode can be used to add something to the end of each line, even if they are of differing lengths. However, what if it's not quite at the end?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Com(m)a Trouble - 1619 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 5
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 1456 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Delete to the end of the current line - 423 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 1
A Simple One - 836 entries

Here is a very simple one - just to illustrate/introduce a vim feature that some people seem to miss...

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2158 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Shebangs for all - 1588 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 907 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values inside brackets - 1411 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Switch function arguments - 1830 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hatsuyume - 365 entries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatsuyume

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1119 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9440 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4065 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1285 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 11590 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Generate a list of numbers - 242 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Vice versa - 5884 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 4571 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add semicolons - 753 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Gray area - 634 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Nesting SASS - 215 entries

Move a block inside another block and indent it

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4284 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple addition - 233 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: 1
Order and join - 744 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Un"finnish"ed Work - 102 entries

Replace å by a, ä by a and ö by o.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 1558 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
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