Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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Played Challenges

Swap values inside brackets - 2158 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 4
Search and Replace 0 - 4446 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
quotes inside quotes - 2946 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
Basic renumbering - 5155 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 8
Simple text editing with Vim - 11059 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
I forgot quotes - 14504 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Increment each number - 767 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 644 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Team names - 1637 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 4
Vice versa - 6932 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Com(m)a Trouble - 2828 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple, Practical, and Common - 30386 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 5
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 368 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: 33
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5694 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 5
Words in parens - 12083 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Lower cased and dashed strings - 46 entries

As I have to generate big fixtures files, I wanted to find a way to format input data the way described by start and end files. Especially the lower-cased-and-dashed ids Not so good to find a pure Vim way, that's why I submit this challenge ;)

  • Best score: 59
  • Best player score: 74
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 945 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: 6
ninja substitution - 1017 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 8
move titles next to url, in quotes - 406 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 8
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10150 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 2947 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
V to the i - 4377 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2525 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 8
One to Ten - 1747 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: 6
That hyphen - 2393 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 7
Just the middle - 10458 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 3
Adam's challenge - 889 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: 18
  • Number of attempts: 5
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2463 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sort and add attributes - 1113 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4665 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values - 4197 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Extract argument from function - 2134 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
Separating firstname & lastname - 102 entries

Seperate named with equal tabs.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 6
Box it - 6369 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
Delete to the end of the current line - 677 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 16673 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 8
42-header - 36 entries

Rush 42mexican-standoff at 42 school

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 8
Resort and deup a CSV list - 125 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: 48
  • Number of attempts: 9
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 558 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: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
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