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Played Challenges

xrandr outputs and dashes - 314 entries

uh oh, different video drivers identify display outputs with more dashes. Quick, need to change this xrandr script!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Cool or not? - 677 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 6983 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add semicolons - 8480 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4450 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Unsemantic linewrapping - 663 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: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Bad Copy Syntax - 1664 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5173 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 1
Com(m)a Trouble - 2876 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 654 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 2952 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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Box it - 6518 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 3
Copy three lines - 2516 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
Delete to the end of the current line - 687 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
Increment each number - 775 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2397 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 3956 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Extract argument from function - 2136 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Quote modules - 718 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 481 entries

For each line replace a search pattern (in this case $) with numbers starting at 1 and then increasing by 1 for each replaced match. a$b$c$ -> a0b1c2

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values - 4216 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 4420 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 6
One to Ten - 1789 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: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Yo To Hello - 501 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10177 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reorder the groups - 932 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple, Practical, and Common - 30710 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: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
Refactor typescript arrow function type - 215 entries

Make arrow function type less verbose and easier to read

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2556 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2516 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
prepend * to every non-blank line - 3709 entries

Prepend an asterisk to every non-blank line in the input file.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 947 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: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 10549 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 14666 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12133 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 3
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 362 entries

ThunderLinks are durable hyperlinks to specific email messages generated from Thunderbird in HTML format. Leverage the power of vim to make them suitable for a markdown-formatted file.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 2925 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 3
multiple cursor alternative - 1360 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: 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
Multiline to Single Line - 134 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values inside brackets - 2210 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 11093 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2695 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 53
  • Number of attempts: 1
Data reformat - 119 entries

Reformat this copy-paste data! #csv

  • Best score: 38
  • Best player score: 50
  • Number of attempts: 1
Aliases for cd - 549 entries

Create these beautiful aliases with as few strokes as possible. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 74
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 164 entries

You created an ansible playbook, but forgot to add quotes. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
ninja substitution - 1036 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 3
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 559 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4696 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
From argument to object - 1225 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: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
One number per line - 16843 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 2
Get mail address from outlook format - 396 entries

Create a mail list space separated of mail list formatted by outlook

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Satisfy the go linter - 443 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: 28
  • Number of attempts: 9
Rural Post - 282 entries

Simple challenge to remove all but the post code on each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
convert yml into java pojo field - 783 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: 36
  • Number of attempts: 1
Line under headers - 1528 entries

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

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 40
  • Number of attempts: 3
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 585 entries

Given a list of emails, get the students full name and their associated house.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Team names - 1654 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3022 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array transposition - 2046 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 2
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