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Played Challenges

simple format - 2779 entries

make it look better.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 43
  • Number of attempts: 3
Sorting database text output - 188 entries

Sometimes it is nice to be able to quickly take column-formatted text output from the SQL command line and turn it into a list of useful data. In this case we want a unique, sorted list of the values from the second column combined into one comma-separated list. What is the fewest strokes you can do this in?

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
Bad Copy Syntax - 85 entries

Copy should be from right to left, but sometimes you type it wrong.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 3
Text to HTML Table - 143 entries

Turn the plain text table to an HTML table.

  • Best score: 52
  • Best player score: 52
  • Number of attempts: 3
multiple cursor alternative - 1062 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: 27
  • Number of attempts: 5
Vertical Limit - 2106 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 2
Align commas - 833 entries

There are 15,000 aligning challenges on vimgolf.com, and they're all exactly the same. I hope this one is a little different.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
From argument to object - 1085 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: 17
  • Number of attempts: 4
Team names - 1438 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 12689 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 10
Vice versa - 5903 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Interactive git rebase changing commands - 151 entries

How to change the action of some commits in git rebase dialog.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Applying same text modification in several lines - 1617 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 11708 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 8
Count both ways - 864 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4302 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 3907 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 6
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 1544 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 6
Collect List - 3467 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 8
Add semicolons - 1347 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Don't know what this is - 1730 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: 6
Join 'em - 113 entries

This shouldn't be too tough

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 2
Adam's challenge - 771 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: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
Com(m)a Trouble - 1699 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple text editing with Vim - 10387 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5485 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 49
  • Number of attempts: 1
Stairstep digits - 217 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9483 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
Just the middle - 9167 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 9
Words in parens - 11011 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 5
comments galore - 904 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 793 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: 9
  • Number of attempts: 4
Combines all items - 239 entries

For each line that starts with the same number I want to combine its contents

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 24895 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: 9
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 717 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: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
Simple addition - 233 entries

The right side of the equation is already there. We just need the left one now.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Hello ${world} - 223 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 45
  • Number of attempts: 1
Todo list specification - 293 entries

The every item on the todo list must be done today. Modify the list to reflect that.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2178 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Copy three lines - 2034 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 5
Missing Library and a Typo - 680 entries

I forgot to add a c library, please add it for me. Also I'm bad at typing so fix my typo too.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 4
-a-b-c- - 2570 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 7
Swap values - 3516 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Around the clock - 101 entries

You'll want to use 2 special commands to complete this. If you haven't yet, read through 'input.txt', especially :help simple-changes

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5

Contributed Challenges

Converting group lines from format A to Format B - 20 entries

Convert from one format to another

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