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Played Challenges

Prime Numbers - 261 entries

List the first 100 prime numbers.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 135
  • Number of attempts: 2
Before there was Farmville... - 90 entries

There was old MacDonald. For my toddler. The first Vim sing-a-long?

  • Best score: 156
  • Best player score: 212
  • Number of attempts: 1
Turn this csv list into queries - 181 entries

Transform each line of this csv file into a MySQL-ready INSERT query.

  • Best score: 98
  • Best player score: 115
  • Number of attempts: 3
Ruby 1.9 compat - 543 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: 15
  • Number of attempts: 5
quotes inside quotes - 2632 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: 2
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 214 entries

Just testing.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 5
-a-b-c- - 2325 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Numbering a List - 1684 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 3
Case preserving word replacement - 383 entries

Half way through my project, my people turned into dogs. Now I have to change everything in my source.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Shebangs for all - 1550 entries

We've all seen or used a shebang once or twice. Ditch the specific paths and leave just a dynamic Ruby and Python bath behind.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Get rid of html tags - 303 entries

Want to read more about Vim's background? Then get rid of those html tags...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Unwrap the text of an email message - 135 entries

Reverse of "Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters". gq and gw are great for wrapping paragraphs. But sometimes other programs choke on your wrapped lines. What's the best way to un-gq?

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Line Zipper - 388 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
The meaning - 487 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 812 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: 42
  • Number of attempts: 3
Return the cow - 66 entries

This cow is too verbose. Give it a lesson.

  • Best score: 52
  • Best player score: 99
  • Number of attempts: 1
Where should I put the Newline? - 781 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
Linear congruential generator - 104 entries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_congruential_generator

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 5
Almost encrypted - 164 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reconstruct the Sentence - 995 entries

Get the sentence back in the proper order, remove duplicate lines, and then combine the separate lines into one.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 3
A Simple One - 806 entries

Here is a very simple one - just to illustrate/introduce a vim feature that some people seem to miss...

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 10287 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add fold markers to a .c file - 439 entries

Fold markers can make it easier to navigate source code. Add them to this .c file.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 4
Make Fancy Header - 874 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 4
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 - 128 entries

Somebody's got this slightly muddled up. See how quickly you can fix it. (I made this to experiment with buffers. I'm not actually sure whether this is faster with buffers or without.)

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
Cartesian product - 201 entries

{1,2,3,4,5} X {1,2,3,4,5}

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 1
Readable Rubyhash - 227 entries

Rubyists talk about being cutting edge but how many are using 1.9 in production? Time to convert those verbose 1.8 hashes in to symbolic, succinct 1.9 beauties!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 2
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 856 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Happy New Year! - 129 entries

This is a simple new year's challenge.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 42
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1099 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 3
Hatsuyume - 360 entries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatsuyume

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 9868 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: 4
Sort the cardinal numbers - 206 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Solve the Sokoban - 158 entries

A wink for all Vimgolfers that play Nethack too.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 3499 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 187 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9017 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 8429 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 3
Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 199 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 3
Complete the hex array data - 174 entries

Do not use external tools(e.g. tac, seq) [My interpretation of Rule #7]

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 2
Braces or Brackets? - 617 entries

Someone forgot whether to use braces or brackets and you have to clean up their code!

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 49
  • Number of attempts: 4
Increment, increment, increment.... - 465 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Complete the hex array data (Part II) - 123 entries

Do not use external tools(e.g. tac, seq) [My interpretation of Rule #7]

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
Generate English Alphabets - 387 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 4
A simple change - 350 entries

Just change the numbers in the most efficient way ...

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 472 entries

You're replying to an email with silly long lines. Clean them up.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract text from xml - 101 entries

Extract text from xml file (ignoring commented out elements) and create a one line regex.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 50
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context Insensitive completion 1 - 387 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context insensitive completion 0 - 440 entries

Buried in the lines you're not supposed to add is the line "Add this line!" Add that line to the top of the file.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat most common surnames - 510 entries

Reformat copy-pasted table into a list of the most common surnames

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 3
Lisp Condense - 356 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 3
Change name of a variable - 143 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
Table Reshuffle - 312 entries

Fix the column order in this table... also append the new 'username' column.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 6
Search and Replace 0 - 3819 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1024 entries

Rubyists talk about being cutting edge but how many are using 1.9 in production? Time to convert those verbose 1.8 hashes in to symbolic, succinct 1.9 beauties!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
CSV to JSON - 141 entries

A search for shortest vimissh way to convert CSV to JSON.

  • Best score: 56
  • Best player score: 101
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reverse Simple Deletion - 692 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2488 entries

Convert tabs to spaces, strip empty lines and trailing whitespace.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 12
imports alignment (python) - 570 entries

Align as one import per line.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Flodder-challenge - 787 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 6
Presidential Sorting - 45 entries

Given a nice CSV formatted arrangement of the Presidents of the United States, we need to print out an alphabetical list in pretty columns. Prove that vim can conquer this basic Excel task!

  • Best score: 40
  • Best player score: 62
  • Number of attempts: 2
Deleting folded text - 274 entries

The text below contains three folds. Delete them (and the text inside them). For example: 123 456 /*{{{*/ 789 /*}}}*/ 012 Should become: 123 012 Also, add `aoeuaoeu` to make sure small solutions don't get flagged as cheating.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
Assignment Alignment - 650 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 6
Subtraction - 147 entries

Solve the equations.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
It'ss tooo coold too typpe todaay - 194 entries

My hands are numb with cold. It's hard to type correctly.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Enharmonic Equivalents - 52 entries

Transform # and b to digraphs

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Extract argument from function - 1791 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 196 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 7
Reverse and count - 378 entries

Someone typed things upside down and now a Vim ninja needs to reverse the lines and count how many there are.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 5
Insert a Markdown link - 377 entries

Put a link in a markdown document, using the after-the-paragraph format.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
82 bottles of beer on the wall - 235 entries

Take them down. (sorry, only 82 bottles because the problem size is limited!)

  • Best score: 107
  • Best player score: 132
  • Number of attempts: 3
Overall Vimgolf Rank - 138 entries

Suppose you are trying to figure out what your overall rank is at Vimgolf(the sum of all the ranks you got), and as a Vim ninja you decided to use Vim to do the job. Your solution should work for every Vimgolf profile page(The actual input file for this challenge is my Vimgolf profile page). So, direct answer insertion is considered cheating.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 5
Indentation - 406 entries

Indent each line according to the right number of spaces it needs.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 6
PEP8 Python Wrapping Comments and Code - 148 entries

According to PEP8, long flowy text and code should have different max line lengths. Code: 79 characters max Long flowy text: 72 characters max

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reformat a C golf submission - 464 entries

Take this C golf submission (for the "tiny but standards-compliant Hello World program" category, naturally), and turn it into formatted C code.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 4
Word Blender - 118 entries

The insides of long words seem to have been run through the blender. Can you fix this famous tale, brave knight?

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 69
  • Number of attempts: 1
120 Degrees - 337 entries

Rotate that triangle.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 3
The holy-grail may help - 292 entries

Can you find it in less than 20 strokes, Arthur?

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Rotating Philosophers Problem - 346 entries

Can you help the philosophers find a good place to sit before they get five forks and spaghetti?

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 8
Reformat long lines - 308 entries

Rearrange this ruby method call to put each parameter on its own line. Could become a useful macro.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Dumb to smart - 80 entries

Turn dumb quote to smart vim's way.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 3
Don't know what this is - 1571 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Letters are numbers - 123 entries

Letters and numbers are interchangeable. A lot of programming languages give you simple ways to convert individual letters to hex, binary and decimal but does Vim?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort and add attributes - 1043 entries

Sort the states and add the attribute country to each record.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 1
attr_aligner - 2779 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 1
learn vim in short time - 175 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sorting paragraphs - 437 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 1
Java Array2List - 210 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

  • Best score: 67
  • Best player score: 97
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5335 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 4
Round Round - 237 entries

Round Round

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 4
Interweave two blocks of text - 472 entries

Suppose you've got data on a list of things from multiple sources. They're all in separate chunks, so how might you create a tabular output?

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
HTML to Haml - 665 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort by your own sum - 41 entries

Same numbers as last time, but you'll have to add them yourself.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1195 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Printable ASCII characters - 95 entries

From a blank input, print all 95 printing ASCII characters one per line, from space to tilde.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat some Python - 496 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 4
expand a list comprehension (python) - 240 entries

Please show your way to convert a list comprehension in python to an ordinary for-loop expression!

  • Best score: 42
  • Best player score: 42
  • Number of attempts: 5
Fix the Haiku - 246 entries

Change this slightly scrambled haiku to its unscrambled form and fix the capitalisation and punctuation along the way.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 46
  • Number of attempts: 3
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 963 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 5
Remember FizzBuzz? - 512 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 50
  • Number of attempts: 2
Getters & Setters: Java - 129 entries

Boilerplate getters & setters - it's a tedious fact of life in Java, and probably the only thing that still pulls me back to an IDE. Perhaps someone knows a fast, pure vim way...

  • Best score: 89
  • Best player score: 148
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remove Accent off the Letter - 100 entries

Remove all the accent from extremely accented statements.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 63
  • Number of attempts: 2
Here, piggy, piggy... - 75 entries

Youay owknay atwhay otay oday...

  • Best score: 68
  • Best player score: 87
  • Number of attempts: 8
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