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Played Challenges

Simple text editing with Vim - 10275 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 - 742 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
I forgot quotes - 11351 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values - 3413 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 705 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 - 23987 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: 2
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 4
quotes inside quotes - 2726 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: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 315 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 61
  • Number of attempts: 1
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 261 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 - 10831 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Array propagate - 227 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 1
One to Ten - 754 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 - 3797 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 - 131 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 - 1456 entries

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

  • Best score: 4
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 1259 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 5
Delete to the end of the current line - 382 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
Space out the alphabet - 1338 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9371 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Extract argument from function - 1975 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
Vice versa - 5788 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
camel riding - 680 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make it more readable - 1738 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 - 1265 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
C Reformatting - 617 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 55
  • Number of attempts: 4
Collect List - 3399 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shebangs for all - 1574 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
Todo list specification - 288 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
One number per line - 12111 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 4508 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Align commas - 820 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 - 654 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 - 351 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 - 459 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 765 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 - 1222 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values inside brackets - 1329 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap the operands under comparison - 203 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 2
Switch function arguments - 1815 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vertical Limit - 2097 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
Don't know what this is - 1711 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 - 2475 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 1
Saving the hashes(#) - 1709 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 - 2957 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 42
  • Number of attempts: 3
Make HTML List - 875 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 54
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5464 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 56
  • Number of attempts: 1
simple format - 2359 entries

make it look better.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 58
  • Number of attempts: 1
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