Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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$ gem install vimgolf
$ vimgolf setup
$ vimgolf put [challenge ID]

Played Challenges

convert yml into java pojo field - 673 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: 31
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 3582 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 3
Bad Copy Syntax - 664 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 5
multiple cursor alternative - 1101 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: 3
One number per line - 13430 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple, Practical, and Common - 25767 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 9
Increment each number - 536 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 5
Every other line - 2141 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 6072 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 2844 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 10554 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: 3
Com(m)a Trouble - 1855 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 1888 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 2
One to Ten - 1105 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Collect List - 3556 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 5
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9621 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Song Transcription Oops - 126 entries

When transcribing vocal music to Canjo Tab you can start by finding the lowest note and assigning that to zero and working your way up from there. However, without fail, I tend to miscount the notes and when I am near done I find a lower note. I mark this with a "z". This means I have to increase all the previous ones by 1. just a sting of numbers :)

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values inside brackets - 1640 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 3985 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 3
change parenthesis - 155 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 2807 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 268 entries

"Sort by popularity" is a good order to play the challenges. Not perfect, but you could do a lot worse. ;) Input is a sample copy-pasted from vimgolf.com. Some of the challenge names have digits that will get in your way, so read ":help :sort" for hints on sorting with a regex. When you're done, try your solution on the full list!

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 9
Just the middle - 9428 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove noise from HTTP log - 611 entries

This piece of log (from the year 2000) contains some irrelevant data. We only want to see the HTTP method and resource.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 11201 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array transposition - 1661 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 12173 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Applying same text modification in several lines - 1805 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values - 3633 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Copy three lines - 2138 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 2637 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 4691 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
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