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multiple cursor alternative - 1362 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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 9
replacing each line of a block selection - 2706 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 7
Adam's challenge - 889 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: 18
  • Number of attempts: 6
move titles next to url, in quotes - 406 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 4
Satisfy the go linter - 827 entries

You just came up with this briliant go vars package. But dang, you forgot to add comments to the exported variables. Can you add a comment over each variable with a TODO-placeholder?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 11
ninja substitution - 1087 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 8
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3165 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 3
convert yml into java pojo field - 784 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: 29
  • Number of attempts: 6
Team names - 1675 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 7
quotes inside quotes - 2965 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
I forgot quotes - 14959 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 7
attr_aligner - 3262 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 17
Multiline to Single Line - 164 entries

Convert a multiline, indented file to a single line with no whitespace

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 564 entries

Change the middle part of the function name in multiple places, preferably using the next and dot commands.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
Words in parens - 12281 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 8
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge5 - 92 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 7069 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 13
Join 'em - 192 entries

This shouldn't be too tough

  • Best score: 4
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Order and join - 811 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5239 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
From argument to object - 1228 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: 3
Line under headers - 1623 entries

Put a line under each header, and remove the other markdown formatting.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 12
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10259 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
Collect List - 4002 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 8
Every other line - 2613 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 7
Swap values inside brackets - 2257 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 17
comment and uncomment code inline - 948 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: 7
Where should I put the Newline? - 830 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
Don't know what this is - 1883 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: 11
  • Number of attempts: 7
Delete to the end of the current line - 688 entries

Delete to the end of the current line, but keep the character under the cursor.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2398 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 11
Just the middle - 10694 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 5
V to the i - 4462 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Align commas - 957 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: 13
  • Number of attempts: 11
change parenthesis - 220 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
One to Ten - 1840 entries

Generate the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10, one number per line. Inspired by this Reddit thread: https://redd.it/ak4it2

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 12
Com(m)a Trouble - 2972 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 7
Refactor typescript arrow function type - 216 entries

Make arrow function type less verbose and easier to read

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2554 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 8
Unsemantic linewrapping - 698 entries

[Inspired by a blog post I read: https://scott.mn/2014/02/21/semantic_linewrapping/. Text adapted.] Sometimes when editing a Markdown file, I wrap the lines semantically. Instead of inserting a newline at 70 columns (or whatever), or making paragraphs one long line, I put in newlines at a point that seems logical to me. This may seem silly, but it produces better diffs. Semantic linewrapping also makes editing snappier. I can delete, edit or insert sentences easily using linewise operations. Code-oriented text editors like Vim and [REDACTED] are really good at this kind of manipulation. Editing text that hasn't been wrapped semantically is a pain, though:

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 12
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 368 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: 37
  • Number of attempts: 5
Remove quotes after first field - 225 entries

Remove the quotes around each field except for the first field.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 7
Simple text editing with Vim - 11150 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: 3
Simple, Practical, and Common - 31241 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: 23
  • Number of attempts: 8
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge2 - 140 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 2
Copy three lines - 2571 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 11
Put the months in order - 793 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 45
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 859 entries

A novice Python using prints Hello World! and a pro shows him different way. Using vim to get into pro style from novice, win the challenge.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 44
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4462 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 7
Extract argument from function - 2137 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 6
-a-b-c- - 2954 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Bad Copy Syntax - 1724 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 11
Song Transcription Oops - 197 entries

When transcribing vocal music to Canjo Tab you can start by finding the lowest note and assigning that to zero and working your way up from there. However, without fail, I tend to miscount the notes and when I am near done I find a lower note. I mark this with a "z". This means I have to increase all the previous ones by 1. just a sting of numbers :)

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 8
Swap values - 4260 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 7
Add semicolons - 8946 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 9
camel riding - 731 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 7
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 765 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: 6
Add string initializers to an enum - 668 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 10
Reorder the groups - 950 entries

Change the order so that the groups of fruit come before the vegetables.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 9
Number Sort - 265 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: 10
  • Number of attempts: 2
Box it - 6800 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 9
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 871 entries

Convert strings in SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case. Examples: EMPLOYEE_NAME -> Employee Name REVENUE_YEAR_TO_DATE -> Revenue Year To Date SALARY -> Salary

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 11
One number per line - 17271 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
Saving the hashes(#) - 1876 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: 45
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4741 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 5
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