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HTML formatting: vertical alignment for readability - 59 entries

We did this a VimGolf challenge at work and now that we have finished I want to see if you guys can come up with something even better than we could. Our best solution was 44 keystrokes.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 98
  • Number of attempts: 2
Create a pandoc compatible table - 148 entries

In [this vimcast][1], a featured gist from Tim Pope shows how to quickly make a simple table structure. How fast can you convert it to pandoc's markdown style? [1]: http://vimcasts.org/episodes/aligning-text-with-tabular-vim/

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 55
  • Number of attempts: 3
html paragraph to table - 343 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 49
  • Number of attempts: 6
Learn some german verbs - 384 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: 40
  • Number of attempts: 1
Put the months in order - 417 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 40
  • Number of attempts: 11
If-then-else regexp - 36 entries

Rules: - golf is never following golf - vim comes first! Drawing a finite-state machine diagram could help. #regexp

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 37
  • 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: 37
  • Number of attempts: 11
attr_aligner - 2992 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
Build a six - 204 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 4
Kolakoski sequence -- level 1 - 36 entries

Generate the Kolakoski sequence as described by its first 75 terms.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 5
Mess in revision history - 965 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
Box it - 2817 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple format (2) - 224 entries

try again!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 8
Simple, Practical, and Common - 24876 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: 11
Vim tetris - 338 entries

Vim can play tetris too!

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 15
Vertical Limit - 2106 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 9
simple format - 2778 entries

make it look better.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 19
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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 9
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: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 1826 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 6
Every other line - 2091 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 10
Search and Replace 0 - 4093 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 5
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9483 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Remove quotes after first field - 83 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 5
Vice versa - 5903 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 8
One to Ten - 903 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: 7
Flip the bit - 75 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Convert Application Output to CSV - 118 entries

Change the application output to comma-separated values

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Collect List - 3467 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 7
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: 11
  • Number of attempts: 8
Extract argument from function - 2000 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
Com(m)a Trouble - 1699 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 12
Simple text editing with Vim - 10386 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: 6
switch variable - 4302 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 5
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: 4
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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 4
Join 'em - 113 entries

This shouldn't be too tough

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Resort and deup a CSV list - 98 entries

I'm always adding items to a sorted list. There has to be a better way dedup and resort the lists. There are multiple lists with varying lengths to discourage manual sorting. Also Australia's animals are weird.

  • Best score: 44
  • Best player score: 70
  • 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
Just the middle - 9167 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 4
Tables, Functions, Sprocs - 56 entries

In order to load some scripts into my database in the correct order I need to load tables first (t_), then functions (fn_), then stored procedures (sp_). The order of the t_ lines and the order of the sp_ lines should also match. Reorder the lines so they will load correctly.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
The meaning - 498 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 2
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 1540 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 5
Delete to the end of the current line - 446 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: 2
That hyphen - 2178 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 8
move titles next to url, in quotes - 265 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 4
change parenthesis - 47 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values inside brackets - 1449 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 6
-a-b-c- - 2570 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
convert yml into java pojo field - 639 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: 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: 13
  • Number of attempts: 10
Applying same text modification in several lines - 1610 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
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
Swap values - 3516 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 5
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: 4
Increment each number - 464 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add semicolons - 1314 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 4
Basic renumbering - 4579 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 9
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 380 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: 3
Reorder the groups - 352 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
I forgot quotes - 11707 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
Array transposition - 1576 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 21
One number per line - 12689 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 8
ninja substitution - 493 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 5
Words in parens - 11006 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Ruby 1.9 compat - 557 entries

Remember when Ruby supported `when <expr> :`? Well, it doesn't in 1.9, so let's make sure we use `then`, without ruining our lovely new hash syntax!

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
quotes inside quotes - 2773 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: 16
  • Number of attempts: 5
Hash staircase - 25 entries

Can you use a strategy to come up with this pattern?

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
Cool or not? - 443 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
Change name of a variable - 146 entries

Replace the name of the $variable with the fastest move possible. The challenge is having a command that allow you to easily change the variable name even if its indented.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Team names - 1438 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 6
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 285 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: 30
  • Number of attempts: 9
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 390 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 8
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