Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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Played Challenges

Just the middle - 10467 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
Data reformat - 114 entries

Reformat this copy-paste data! #csv

  • Best score: 38
  • Best player score: 54
  • Number of attempts: 1
Team names - 1637 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 9
multiple cursor alternative - 1359 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: 26
  • Number of attempts: 7
attr_aligner - 3245 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12099 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 6
Split line with dots - 2024 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 8
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 561 entries

Given a list of emails, get the students full name and their associated house.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 5
Swap values inside brackets - 2165 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 7
Basic renumbering - 5167 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 8
quotes inside quotes - 2946 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: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2694 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 4
Santa's naughty / nice list - 75 entries

Christmas is here and Santa hasn't decided who's naughty or nice yet. He's given a list of names to his programmer friend to quickly split the children into naughty and nice. Hint: There's a hidden pattern that might be familiar.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 44
  • Number of attempts: 6
I forgot quotes - 14516 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 6
switch variable - 4666 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 9
The name of the game - 596 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Box it - 6390 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 22
Swap values - 4201 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 10
Resort and deup a CSV list - 125 entries

I'm always adding items to a sorted list. There has to be a better way dedup and resort the lists. There are multiple lists with varying lengths to discourage manual sorting. Also Australia's animals are weird.

  • Best score: 44
  • Best player score: 210
  • Number of attempts: 1
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 845 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: 27
  • Number of attempts: 9
One number per line - 16700 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 5
move titles next to url, in quotes - 406 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 5
Yo To Hello - 418 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array transposition - 2020 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 48
  • Number of attempts: 3
Adam's challenge - 889 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: 21
  • Number of attempts: 7
Build a six - 257 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 7
Put the months in order - 764 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 8
Wget failed to download redirections - 168 entries

Output of a wget session, where 302 where not properly handled due to certificate problems, has been saved to a file. Keep the correct URLs to start again downloading.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 6
Com(m)a Trouble - 2842 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 17
Simple, Practical, and Common - 30440 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: 19
Capitalize the Names - 125 entries

I want to capitalize the names in quotes, but just the people's names, not the file names.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple text editing with Vim - 11067 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: 9
-a-b-c- - 2906 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 8
Search and Replace 0 - 4446 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 7
Add semicolons - 8294 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 12
Bad Copy Syntax - 1635 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 7
Copy three lines - 2483 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 9
Increment each number - 767 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 7
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 649 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 5
From argument to object - 1221 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: 2
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 427 entries

For each line replace a search pattern (in this case $) with numbers starting at 1 and then increasing by 1 for each replaced match. a$b$c$ -> a0b1c2

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 10
Delete to the end of the current line - 677 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: 2
html paragraph to table - 550 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 51
  • Number of attempts: 11
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 558 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: 15
  • Number of attempts: 12
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 328 entries

ThunderLinks are durable hyperlinks to specific email messages generated from Thunderbird in HTML format. Leverage the power of vim to make them suitable for a markdown-formatted file.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 11
Collect List - 3932 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 10
prepend * to every non-blank line - 3464 entries

Prepend an asterisk to every non-blank line in the input file.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 5
ninja substitution - 1017 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 8
Quote modules - 689 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 7
Line under headers - 1500 entries

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

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 7
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 2952 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 7
One to Ten - 1750 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: 6
V to the i - 4385 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 4
convert yml into java pojo field - 781 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: 14
xrandr outputs and dashes - 273 entries

uh oh, different video drivers identify display outputs with more dashes. Quick, need to change this xrandr script!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Every other line - 2528 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
Aliases for cd - 548 entries

Create these beautiful aliases with as few strokes as possible. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 179
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2467 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 16

Contributed Challenges

Put the months in order - 764 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

TimMcGuire
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entered into 58 challenges

contributed 1 challenges