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Played Challenges

Reformat Cura settings - 68 entries

Cura settings are weirdly encoded... After mere replacements, you'll have to enquote two strings (infill_pattern & speed_travel) and dont forget booleans in lowercase. #format #json

  • Best score: 50
  • Best player score: 75
  • Number of attempts: 1
html paragraph to table - 401 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 66
  • Number of attempts: 3
Rule 110 - 28 entries

Compute the next 5 iterations of Rule 110 with the given starting state. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_110

  • Best score: 46
  • Best player score: 51
  • Number of attempts: 2
C Reformatting - 640 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 48
  • Number of attempts: 2
If-then-else regexp - 37 entries

Rules: - golf is never following golf - vim comes first! Drawing a finite-state machine diagram could help. #regexp

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 46
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort and add attributes - 1089 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple format (2) - 235 entries

try again!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 25335 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: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 39
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reorder the groups - 477 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mess in revision history - 977 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2554 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 2
attr_aligner - 3025 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 7
Vertical Limit - 2124 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
Put the months in order - 463 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 50
  • Number of attempts: 2
Alsa configuration - 471 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 5
Python challenge - 96 entries

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

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 51
  • Number of attempts: 1
Box it - 3229 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fix the XML - 867 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 1
Com(m)a Trouble - 1787 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
Scrambled numbers - 730 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
Build a six - 221 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
Learn some german verbs - 393 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 13037 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Triangular Numbers - 56 entries

Generate the first 50 triangular numbers.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
Bad Copy Syntax - 515 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 3
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 426 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 4
Increment each number - 494 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 3
From argument to object - 1110 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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values - 3581 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Array propagate - 237 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
Around the clock - 119 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: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remove quotes after first field - 120 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 5992 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Cool or not? - 488 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 4
Paragraph breaks - 407 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1077 entries

Rubyists talk about being cutting edge but how many are using 1.9 in production? Time to convert those verbose 1.8 hashes in to symbolic, succinct 1.9 beauties!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
From A to B - 495 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change the content of a string - 1237 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 1
multiple cursor alternative - 1083 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
Mirror Symmetry - 701 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Array Transposition - 141 entries

Transpose four arrays into two.

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 45
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2529 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
Don't know what this is - 1763 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Extract argument from function - 2010 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Flip the bit - 76 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
One to Ten - 1011 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Missing Library and a Typo - 710 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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 8
Tables, Functions, Sprocs - 74 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: 2
Collect List - 3529 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 9333 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 3952 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 - 1838 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
Where should I put the Newline? - 798 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Count both ways - 869 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Unsemantic linewrapping - 212 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: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Letterbox - 71 entries

Make a box!

  • Best score: 35
  • Best player score: 56
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4145 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Number Sort - 243 entries

sort the list of newline-separated numbers incrementally. Numbers are in the range 1 to 1000, with 500 missing

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 1737 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Delete to the end of the current line - 473 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
That hyphen - 2201 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Array transposition - 1631 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
Shebangs for all - 1595 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: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap the operands under comparison - 219 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
move titles next to url, in quotes - 285 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 921 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 3
change parenthesis - 143 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values inside brackets - 1529 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 4
Numbering a List - 1733 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Gray area - 639 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 2136 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Basic renumbering - 4623 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Resort and deup a CSV list - 115 entries

I'm always adding items to a sorted list. There has to be a better way dedup and resort the lists. There are multiple lists with varying lengths to discourage manual sorting. Also Australia's animals are weird.

  • Best score: 44
  • Best player score: 58
  • Number of attempts: 3
comment and uncomment code inline - 816 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: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 10464 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1294 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
camel riding - 691 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make it more readable - 1756 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
-a-b-c- - 2610 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 11960 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Applying same text modification in several lines - 1714 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Words in parens - 11106 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Condensed Cases - 693 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: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 2796 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: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
The Cake is a Lie - 1126 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Space out the alphabet - 1381 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 3
ninja substitution - 597 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 3

Contributed Challenges

ASCII-art Histogram - 34 entries

Create an ASCCI-art histogram for the given numbers. Make sure not to leave trailing whitespaces. Thanks to VimGolf I recently discovered a feature of Vim thAT blew my mind. I'm curious to see what real ninjas make of it ;-)

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