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Played Challenges

Learn some german verbs - 411 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 46
  • Number of attempts: 3
Don't know what this is - 1797 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: 37
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5569 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 12
Vertical Limit - 2163 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 3
One to Ten - 1249 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: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
Saving the hashes(#) - 1794 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 15
Swap the operands under comparison - 226 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 7
One number per line - 14098 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 9
Split line with dots - 1916 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 5
I forgot quotes - 12685 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 3
Space out the alphabet - 1410 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 9
Todo list specification - 297 entries

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

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values inside brackets - 1722 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 14
Order and join - 768 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 8
replacing each line of a block selection - 2586 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 9
comment and uncomment code inline - 850 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: 3
Number Sort - 248 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: 9
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 9651 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 11357 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 8
V to the i - 4095 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 4437 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Delete to the end of the current line - 540 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 3
Applying same text modification in several lines - 1975 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 9
Collect List - 3603 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 9
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 937 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 4
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1305 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 11
comments galore - 910 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values - 3747 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 6
Where should I put the Newline? - 802 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 2689 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Copy three lines - 2237 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: 7
Switch function arguments - 1850 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 7
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9706 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 5
Search and Replace 0 - 4205 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Basic renumbering - 4829 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 9
Numbering a List - 1747 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 733 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
Adam's challenge - 827 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: 11
Simple text editing with Vim - 10650 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
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