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Played Challenges

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5587 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 56
  • Number of attempts: 1
C Reformatting - 654 entries

You may use Visual mode... or not. #uppercase

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 55
  • Number of attempts: 4
I forgot quotes - 13212 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values - 3895 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 748 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: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 27818 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: 26
  • Number of attempts: 7
quotes inside quotes - 2881 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: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 553 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 61
  • Number of attempts: 1
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 355 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: 49
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 11597 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Array propagate - 258 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 3678 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract argument from function - 2089 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
One to Ten - 1486 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
V to the i - 4194 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 3
Convert pandoc unordered list to a numbered list - 136 entries

I know it's possible to use #. in pandoc to auto-generate numbered lists, but then it's not easy to tell how many items there are when reading it in Markdown. How fast can you make the switch?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2142 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 4
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 2394 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 7
Delete to the end of the current line - 580 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Unsemantic linewrapping - 530 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: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9848 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Space out the alphabet - 1436 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 6443 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
camel riding - 720 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make it more readable - 1781 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1332 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 10775 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Adam's challenge - 852 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: 23
  • Number of attempts: 6
Shebangs for all - 1643 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
One number per line - 14874 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 5694 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 4893 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Align commas - 907 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: 24
  • Number of attempts: 3
Missing Library and a Typo - 768 entries

I forgot to add a c library, please add it for me. Also I'm bad at typing so fix my typo too.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 511 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: 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
Alsa configuration - 475 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 888 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: 26
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change the content of a string - 1260 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values inside brackets - 1929 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap the operands under comparison - 236 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 2
Switch function arguments - 1858 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vertical Limit - 2189 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 3
Todo list specification - 304 entries

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

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reorder the groups - 799 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 2
Don't know what this is - 1822 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: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
replacing each line of a block selection - 2618 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 1
Saving the hashes(#) - 1826 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: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
attr_aligner - 3106 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 42
  • Number of attempts: 3
Make HTML List - 916 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 54
  • Number of attempts: 1
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