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Played Challenges

Change the content of a string - 1270 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 14971 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12282 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Copy three lines - 2571 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: 4
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5714 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 49
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7071 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 7
Search and Replace 0 - 4462 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 5
-a-b-c- - 2954 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
Extract argument from function - 2137 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment each number - 814 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5240 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 5
Add semicolons - 8981 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values - 4260 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
Com(m)a Trouble - 2972 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 5
replacing each line of a block selection - 2706 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
Get mail address from outlook format - 421 entries

Create a mail list space separated of mail list formatted by outlook

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 281 entries

You created an ansible playbook, but forgot to add quotes. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Unsemantic linewrapping - 698 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: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 598 entries

For each line replace a search pattern (in this case $) with numbers starting at 1 and then increasing by 1 for each replaced match. a$b$c$ -> a0b1c2

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 6
Bad Copy Syntax - 1724 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2556 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 2
Split line with dots - 2029 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 2
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3165 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 5
Team names - 1675 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 11150 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 3
Turn the x - 78 entries

Turn the x to a +

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
Satisfy the go linter - 852 entries

You just came up with this briliant go vars package. But dang, you forgot to add comments to the exported variables. Can you add a comment over each variable with a TODO-placeholder?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 1
xrandr outputs and dashes - 375 entries

uh oh, different video drivers identify display outputs with more dashes. Quick, need to change this xrandr script!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 4
quotes inside quotes - 2965 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: 29
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 31281 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: 39
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 626 entries

Given a list of emails, get the students full name and their associated house.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 47
  • Number of attempts: 1
Aliases for cd - 572 entries

Create these beautiful aliases with as few strokes as possible. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 222
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 10701 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 7
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2733 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 5
switch variable - 4741 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Quote modules - 780 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 83
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 4462 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 4
Array transposition - 2084 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 6
Rural Post - 1425 entries

Simple challenge to remove all but the post code on each line

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Line under headers - 1623 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 52
  • Number of attempts: 3
Every other line - 2613 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 20
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10265 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 4003 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
prepend * to every non-blank line - 4410 entries

Prepend an asterisk to every non-blank line in the input file.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 2
Python: Def to Lambda - 78 entries

LAMBDA!!!

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 3
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 458 entries

ThunderLinks are durable hyperlinks to specific email messages generated from Thunderbird in HTML format. Leverage the power of vim to make them suitable for a markdown-formatted file.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 3
Yo To Hello - 615 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 4
Sort the cardinal numbers - 230 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 176
  • Number of attempts: 1
Box it - 6817 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 17274 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 4
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