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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 32765 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
  • Position: #1535 / 7241
  • Number of attempts: 14
Swap values - 4409 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #902 / 1235
  • Number of attempts: 4
One number per line - 18294 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #2659 / 3770
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap values inside brackets - 2417 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #444 / 557
  • Number of attempts: 7
V to the i - 4615 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #601 / 1846
  • Number of attempts: 6
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2710 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #729 / 806
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap the operands under comparison - 251 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #49 / 90
  • Number of attempts: 6
Split line with dots - 2081 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #143 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 11
Com(m)a Trouble - 3307 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 44
  • Position: #703 / 746
  • Number of attempts: 1
multiple cursor alternative - 1430 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: 32
  • Position: #337 / 366
  • Number of attempts: 2
From argument to object - 1256 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: 28
  • Position: #393 / 415
  • Number of attempts: 4
Every other line - 2790 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #657 / 679
  • Number of attempts: 1
Copy three lines - 2766 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #107 / 620
  • Number of attempts: 14
Search and Replace 0 - 4583 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #539 / 1518
  • Number of attempts: 6
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 459 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: 44
  • Position: #103 / 114
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11086 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1161 / 4093
  • Number of attempts: 7
Team names - 1763 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #522 / 566
  • Number of attempts: 3
Basic renumbering - 5408 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #1203 / 1221
  • Number of attempts: 5
JSON string rotation - 51 entries

Right value strings are misplaced. Just rotate them! I'm too kind with you guys and didn't included "strings with \" in it"!

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #17 / 18
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 7448 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #1686 / 2019
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array transposition - 2258 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 212
  • Position: #425 / 426
  • Number of attempts: 1
convert yml into java pojo field - 801 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: 31
  • Position: #130 / 213
  • Number of attempts: 5
Collect List - 4155 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #1107 / 1161
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15666 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #3855 / 4098
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 3081 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #243 / 1100
  • Number of attempts: 7
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10513 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #2783 / 3629
  • Number of attempts: 7
attr_aligner - 3350 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #612 / 678
  • Number of attempts: 6
Letter case trickery - 1524 entries

This file is in a downright esoteric format, consisting of hexadecimal numbers, non-hexadecimal keywords, and "Z" indicating end-of-line. Make the hexadecimal numbers lowercase.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #471 / 494
  • Number of attempts: 3
Untangle my tail, please! - 45 entries

You know, this words were playing to chase their tails and Oops! What happened? Now we have a complete mess, their tails are totally tangled, can you please help them to untangle their tails?

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #27 / 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 2998 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: 17
  • Position: #890 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12690 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #3098 / 3906
  • Number of attempts: 2
Array Transposition - 166 entries

Transpose four arrays into two.

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 116
  • Position: #48 / 49
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4868 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #525 / 1691
  • Number of attempts: 11
Make it more readable - 1860 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #512 / 613
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 11431 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #2654 / 3357
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5864 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #684 / 1449
  • Number of attempts: 6
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