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Played Challenges

Sorting database text output - 183 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
Text to HTML Table - 130 entries

Turn the plain text table to an HTML table.

  • Best score: 52
  • Best player score: 52
  • Number of attempts: 3
multiple cursor alternative - 912 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 - 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: 2
Align commas - 760 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
One number per line - 10887 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 7
From argument to object - 1013 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 - 1270 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 5
Swap values - 3230 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
comments galore - 873 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hello ${world} - 205 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 45
  • Number of attempts: 1
Todo list specification - 278 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 - 1870 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 4141 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 3609 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 6
Collect List - 3209 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 8
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: 6
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9174 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
Just the middle - 8608 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 7
Words in parens - 10474 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 5
comment and uncomment code inline - 644 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 - 231 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 - 21829 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: 26
  • Number of attempts: 5
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: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
Simple addition - 217 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
Adam's challenge - 647 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
Simple text editing with Vim - 10011 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 - 5370 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 - 205 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 18
  • Number of attempts: 5
Missing Library and a Typo - 604 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- - 2395 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 7
Count both ways - 854 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 10438 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 8
Interactive git rebase changing commands - 137 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 - 1020 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
Vice versa - 5485 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2

Contributed Challenges

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

Convert from one format to another

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