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Played Challenges

CSV to JSON - 143 entries

A search for shortest vimissh way to convert CSV to JSON.

  • Best score: 56
  • Best player score: 75
  • Number of attempts: 5
Stairs Indenting - 359 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
A Simple One - 832 entries

Here is a very simple one - just to illustrate/introduce a vim feature that some people seem to miss...

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make Fancy Header - 898 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remember FizzBuzz? - 531 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 55
  • Number of attempts: 6
Flip the chessboard - 66 entries

White's turn is over. Flip the board to black's perspective. I added coordinates to frustrate you.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 3
VimGolfNight - 456 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4019 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
Shebangs for all - 1574 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: 12
  • Number of attempts: 5
Simple text editing with Vim - 10275 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: 5
The Cake is a Lie - 1111 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Parsing with CSV: Unify lines and result. - 162 entries

col1;col2;col3;col4 A;1;4;5 A;3;4; A;1;4; # New output: col1;col2;col3;col4 A;1(2x);3;4(3x);5 any ideas?

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remove semicolons after expressions - 441 entries

A follow-up for http://vimgolf.com/challenges/4fc9d767d3a0d4000100000e.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
The meaning - 495 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make it more readable - 1738 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1265 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remove noise from HTTP log - 599 entries

This piece of log (from the year 2000) contains some irrelevant data. We only want to see the HTTP method and resource.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Delete unwanted lines - 333 entries

Delete all lines which does not end in "o.."

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letter case trickery - 1426 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: 10
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap assigned value - 489 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4243 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 5
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1046 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: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Append semicolon after expressions - 843 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
The name of the game - 579 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Counting in binary - 364 entries

"a" represents 0; "A" represents 1. Start from zero and count to 15.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 6
Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 257 entries

"Sort by popularity" is a good order to play the challenges. Not perfect, but you could do a lot worse. ;) Input is a sample copy-pasted from vimgolf.com. Some of the challenge names have digits that will get in your way, so read ":help :sort" for hints on sorting with a regex. When you're done, try your solution on the full list!

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
remove dupes from array - 1190 entries

given a random string that contains a ruby-esque array, make sure that there are no duplicate elements

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 3
Numbering a List - 1717 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 3
lamb had a little Mary - 464 entries

"Mary" and "lamb" are swapped. Unswap them. Fast as you can.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1016 entries

Get the sentence back in the proper order, remove duplicate lines, and then combine the separate lines into one.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 5
Exchanging Quotes - 756 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 5
Minimalist Limerick - 448 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 3
Flodder-challenge - 804 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 3
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2529 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
Switch function arguments - 1815 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vertical Limit - 2097 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 4
quotes inside quotes - 2726 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
vim = 22 / 7 - 398 entries

pi square vim

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 3
replacing each line of a block selection - 2475 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 3
Saving the hashes(#) - 1709 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: 25
  • Number of attempts: 3
Pairs of numbers - 325 entries

Line 1 represents x, line 2 y-data. Bring the corresponding pairs in the form "[x,y]\n"

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5464 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 4
Words in parens - 10831 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reverse and double space - 408 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Assign list - 145 entries

Assign list elements to matrix

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 3
Sort and add attributes - 1067 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 2
attr_aligner - 2957 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1222 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
Top X - 177 entries

The End File is the Top 10 Vimgolf Leaderboard at June 29, 2013. This is a second version, with a great contribution of @udioica. X is ten in Roman,a numeric system in ancient Rome

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 710 entries

convert an ugly spreadsheet copy/paste into a CSV format.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 3
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