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Played Challenges

SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1042 entries

Convert strings in SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case. Examples: EMPLOYEE_NAME -> Employee Name REVENUE_YEAR_TO_DATE -> Revenue Year To Date SALARY -> Salary

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 11
Line under headers - 1817 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 5
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge2 - 142 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add string initializers to an enum - 722 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 12
Unsemantic linewrapping - 779 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: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
Bad Copy Syntax - 1872 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 10
Remove quotes after first field - 229 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 7
Reorder the groups - 1037 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 18
Add semicolons - 10126 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 7546 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 4
Build a six - 259 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 6
move titles next to url, in quotes - 430 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 9
One to Ten - 2017 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: 3
Delete to the end of the current line - 699 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: 3
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3387 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 4
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2680 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 6
Com(m)a Trouble - 3236 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 10
convert yml into java pojo field - 798 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: 10
Swap values inside brackets - 2379 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 4
Learn some german verbs - 450 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: 35
  • Number of attempts: 3
multiple cursor alternative - 1405 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: 20
  • Number of attempts: 6
comment and uncomment code inline - 971 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: 6
Copy three lines - 2736 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: 13
Split line with dots - 2074 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Align commas - 990 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: 12
  • Number of attempts: 13
One number per line - 18122 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 13
Vice versa - 7355 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32547 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: 27
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11046 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15580 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 9
Basic renumbering - 5386 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 9
-a-b-c- - 3067 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 4575 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10486 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12640 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 11292 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
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