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Played Challenges

Lower cased and dashed strings - 41 entries

As I have to generate big fixtures files, I wanted to find a way to format input data the way described by start and end files. Especially the lower-cased-and-dashed ids Not so good to find a pure Vim way, that's why I submit this challenge ;)

  • Best score: 60
  • Best player score: 67
  • Number of attempts: 3
Maze path - 23 entries

Follow the given motions and mark your path with Xs. Attention: This maze is quite big (20x20), please set your terminal size to at least 82.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 64
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make HTML List - 799 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 6
Under the cupola - 37 entries

Taking some liberty about the name and plot of the Stephen King's famous novel (and TV series) to make this challenge. Are you able to recreate graphically the key phrase of the story? (I think is gonna be hard!)

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 40
  • Number of attempts: 2
C Reformatting - 559 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 2
SFD-ROC: Tic-Tac-Toe - 116 entries

Tic-Tac-Toe You are 'X', and it is your turn. Stop 'O' from winning, and complete the game. Draw a diagonal line through your winning row of three X's.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 3
lipsum lines - 232 entries

Convert a quoted block of text into strings in a list.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
Pairs of numbers - 316 entries

Line 1 represents x, line 2 y-data. Bring the corresponding pairs in the form "[x,y]\n"

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 3
maximun and minimun - 44 entries

Find the maximum and minimum of the rows.

  • Best score: 51
  • Best player score: 52
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array propagate - 206 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fix the XML - 821 entries

The challenge consists in having a valid xml from an incomplete source.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
Learn some german verbs - 316 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mess in revision history - 919 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
Scrambled numbers - 681 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Indentation - 406 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple, Practical, and Common - 20844 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: 5
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 5
Text to HTML Table - 127 entries

Turn the plain text table to an HTML table.

  • Best score: 52
  • Best player score: 63
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vim's not included features - 150 entries

Filter not included (-) features in a hypothetical installation of vim.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 1
vim1001 - 221 entries

change number 1001 into a "vim1001 sequence". (My first challenge, hope it is not too bad... )

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 4
Interleave lines - 125 entries

This is some kind of « paste -d'\n' c b a ». There are many ways to achieve this.. just find the shortest!

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 5
Entries sort - 69 entries

It cames to my mind a weird idea : sorting parts of my .vimrc. Take few minutes to sort out this, it's easy !

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
From argument to object - 991 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
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 963 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • 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
A grid of punctuation - 110 entries

Create a checkerboard of = and - in an 80×24 grid!

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
From A to B - 477 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Line 'em up! - 268 entries

It can be so hard to keep everything neatly lined-up. Somebody clearly hasn't bothered here. Tidy it up, please!

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 5
Wrap text in quotes - 264 entries

All the blocks of text should be wrapped in quotation marks.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Create Leading Zeros - 192 entries

Create leading zeros only for id columns. Please use generic approach!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 7
-a-b-c- - 2325 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Copy three lines - 1672 entries

If the site is up (by some miracle), make the text under every header identical.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Suffix sort - 163 entries

Sort from the end of the line, as if the letters in each line were reversed.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 5
Inner hyphens - 110 entries

Yet another hyphen challenge. Adding 5 hyphens to a file shouldn't be too hard.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Order and join - 660 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
Sudoku table - 50 entries

Make this simple sudoku table look nice and legible.

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 49
  • Number of attempts: 11
Restore order to the alphabet - 149 entries

The numbers are OK. The letters are wonky.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
Switch function arguments - 1771 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Separating firstname & lastname - 96 entries

Seperate named with equal tabs.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
readability - 278 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 3819 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shuffled numbers - 195 entries

Each number is paired with the number it should follow. That's enough information to put them in order.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Pretty multi-line bash - 189 entries

Bash line continuations are much prettier when they're column aligned.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 1764 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 9
Append semicolon after expressions - 821 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Split line with dots - 1685 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Where should I put the Newline? - 781 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Count both ways - 846 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
multiple cursor alternative - 863 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: 4
Mirror Symmetry - 676 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
The meaning - 487 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 3495 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
comments galore - 854 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 2
Paragraph breaks - 377 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
For all cases. - 91 entries

In this case... change it! :) Watch the line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Hole-in-one - 929 entries

Lets take this golf thing literally.. Drive off the tee into the hole, and of course you don't strike the ball completely clean.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Manual SQL - 92 entries

Change select and insert queries to simulate inserting a new record.

  • Best score: 49
  • Best player score: 49
  • Number of attempts: 3
abcd > a b c d - 237 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 1841 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 5
Just the middle - 8425 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • 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: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 856 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 4
Collect List - 3118 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 10037 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 4
Add to end of each line... kinda - 257 entries

Visual-block mode can be used to add something to the end of each line, even if they are of differing lengths. However, what if it's not quite at the end?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values - 3071 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 6
Words in parens - 10279 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Condensed Cases - 656 entries

Apple's new programming language, Swift, allows two style of case statements: 1) one Enum case on each line, or 2) multiple Enum cases on a single line. Convert the following from the first case (no pun intended) to the second type.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Generate a list of numbers - 216 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment, increment, increment.... - 465 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove all lines in first part - 141 entries

From the second part, remove all lines in the first part. It can be useful when you have done something from a long list, you want to know what is not done yet!

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4069 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple addition - 208 entries

The right side of the equation is already there. We just need the left one now.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9016 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Space out the alphabet - 1250 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 5
Align commas - 734 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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fun With The Diagonal - 74 entries

change the lowercase characters on the main diagonal to uppercase

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Gray area - 602 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 4072 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 6
camel riding - 668 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fill visual area - 70 entries

Just have fun!

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 2
Shift down - 162 entries

Number words are back.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 5294 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Lisp Condense - 356 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
ASCII box - 286 entries

Don't forget to fix typos!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 4
swap or reverse - 87 entries

Try to swap or reverse the line as needed.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2

Contributed Challenges

Assign numbers to fields - 80 entries

You are given a list of space-separated strings. Add an increasing numeric prefix to each one.

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