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My cafe needs a new menu - 2 entries

Help! My cafe needs a new menu and I've only got this plain-text file from the kitchen. In order to get it printed, I need to transform it into a markdown file with; headings for each type of item, prices on each menu item, dietary options and a key down the bottom.

  • Best score: 157
  • Best player score: 189
  • Number of attempts: 1
82 bottles of beer on the wall - 241 entries

Take them down. (sorry, only 82 bottles because the problem size is limited!)

  • Best score: 107
  • Best player score: 132
  • Number of attempts: 6
Create bison tokens - 32 entries

Create tokens for bison out of a known list of words

  • Best score: 85
  • Best player score: 93
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap the operands under comparison - 175 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 45
  • Number of attempts: 1
convert yml into java pojo field - 525 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: 34
  • Number of attempts: 1
simple format - 1215 entries

make it look better.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 46
  • Number of attempts: 3
TAR archive pretty print - 12 entries

Will you use isk ?

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
unknown command - 81 entries

I want change 5 words

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2052 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 3
multiple cursor alternative - 925 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: 24
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values inside brackets - 1010 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 4
Space out the alphabet - 1289 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Append semicolon after expressions - 838 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Increment, increment, increment.... - 472 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 8609 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 10478 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
comments galore - 873 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values - 3231 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 3614 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4148 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 1717 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 10443 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 9
Context insensitive completion 0 - 441 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: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 4214 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
attr_aligner - 2802 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple format (2) - 115 entries

try again!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 6
Team names - 1277 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
Number Sort - 220 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: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array Transposition - 121 entries

Transpose four arrays into two.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 54
  • Number of attempts: 1
One number per line - 10902 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9178 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Extract argument from function - 1839 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Don't know what this is - 1632 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: 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 178 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: 36
  • Number of attempts: 4
Order and join - 701 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
quotes inside quotes - 2654 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: 2
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 5
Copy three lines - 1765 entries

If the site is up (by some miracle), make the text under every header identical.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 2401 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
simple format (3) - 36 entries

reverse two column values!

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 52
  • Number of attempts: 4
Applying same text modification in several lines - 1028 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple, Practical, and Common - 21855 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: 2
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 677 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: 16
  • Number of attempts: 4
Com(m)a Trouble - 872 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 10020 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1

Contributed Challenges

Santa's naughty / nice list - 42 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.

My cafe needs a new menu - 2 entries

Help! My cafe needs a new menu and I've only got this plain-text file from the kitchen. In order to get it printed, I need to transform it into a markdown file with; headings for each type of item, prices on each menu item, dietary options and a key down the bottom.

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