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Played Challenges

Sorting a glossary - 101 entries

Sort a glossary. Glossary head contains a header phrase ending with ':' and glossary body has multi line text indented with a tab.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change name of a variable - 148 entries

Replace the name of the $variable with the fastest move possible. The challenge is having a command that allow you to easily change the variable name even if its indented.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 2
Where should I put the Newline? - 830 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Prefixes and suffixes - 526 entries

Generate all prefixes of "vimchallenge", then all suffixes.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 1
VimGolfNight - 471 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1390 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 339 entries

Someone has vandalized this text file and replaced the beginning character of one word in each line with a Big "X." Please remove the big X's, and fix each line to read "The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog."

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Rotating Philosophers Problem - 367 entries

Can you help the philosophers find a good place to sit before they get five forks and spaghetti?

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 11104 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 2
abcd > a b c d - 248 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
One number per line - 16908 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 7
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 195 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 5
The name of the game - 596 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Rural Post - 419 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Readable Rubyhash - 233 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: 23
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 5
Unwrap the text of an email message - 154 entries

Reverse of "Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters". gq and gw are great for wrapping paragraphs. But sometimes other programs choke on your wrapped lines. What's the best way to un-gq?

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple, Practical, and Common - 30755 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: 28
  • Number of attempts: 3
Yo To Hello - 522 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10184 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Satisfy the go linter - 513 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: 20
  • Number of attempts: 12
SFD-ROC: The Quick Brown Fox - 143 entries

Someone has vandalized our text (again). Please fix to read: The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python: Def to Lambda - 53 entries

LAMBDA!!!

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 3
xrandr outputs and dashes - 330 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: 15
  • Number of attempts: 5
prepend * to every non-blank line - 3794 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Vertical Limit - 2243 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 3
Stairs Indenting - 384 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 975 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
Saving the hashes(#) - 1876 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: 34
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 14691 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 10565 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
NATO phonetic alphabet - 413 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 2
Enumerate words - 226 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5698 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 44
  • Number of attempts: 3
Condensed Cases - 729 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
Extract text from xml - 101 entries

Extract text from xml file (ignoring commented out elements) and create a one line regex.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 46
  • Number of attempts: 4
Groups magic - 139 entries

Regexp or macros for string converting: (a) -> ___ (abc) -> ____ (abcd) -> ______ All in the '(' replace to _ multiply by char count + ()

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add semicolons - 8520 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python: Lots of function arguments - 73 entries

The function definition is too long for one line. The modeline helps you with some typical Python indent settings.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
Minimalist Limerick - 494 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 4
Convert pandoc unordered list to a numbered list - 136 entries

I know it's possible to use #. in pandoc to auto-generate numbered lists, but then it's not easy to tell how many items there are when reading it in Markdown. How fast can you make the switch?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 51
  • Number of attempts: 2
Exchanging Quotes - 777 entries

Sometimes you need to exchange a choice of quotes in some code.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 53
  • Number of attempts: 4
Words in parens - 12152 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Define to require - 118 entries

When JSHint is enabled, there's a rule that doesn't let you have more than 6 arguments in a function, so the moment you need to add a 7th argument, you need to do a refactoring.

  • Best score: 62
  • Best player score: 119
  • Number of attempts: 3
Refactor arguments into object argument - 159 entries

A relatively common Javascript refactoring.

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 75
  • Number of attempts: 3
A simple change - 377 entries

Just change the numbers in the most efficient way ...

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap assigned value - 518 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make it more readable - 1812 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Checkerboard case pattern - 107 entries

All the squares are white. Make some of them black. But only the right ones.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 2
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 381 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: 26
  • Number of attempts: 3
Inconsistent real estate paste - 142 entries

Format a hand-typed real estate listing that uses inconsistent punctuation into four sections

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 60
  • Number of attempts: 3
SFD-ROC: ROT13 Phonics - 71 entries

A is for apple, b is for ball, etc... This familiar phonics poem has been rotated 13 characters. Make the letter match the word.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make the circuit grid! - 72 entries

Copy this command for a circuit layout program to create 10 total smd commands. Increment the number in quotes to name each pad, and add 0.7 to each of the (X Y) coordinates at the end of each line.

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 89
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add links to an existing HTML table - 59 entries

Add these links at that top to the respective table cell. First link, first cell, etc.

  • Best score: 42
  • Best player score: 104
  • Number of attempts: 1
Multiline to Single Line - 148 entries

Convert a multiline, indented file to a single line with no whitespace

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 2
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