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Played Challenges

Levenshtein distance - 76 entries

Compute distance for each pair. Notice that this recursive implementation is very inefficient. Wagner-Fischer algorithm is iterative and much faster. #vimscript

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #14 / 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
Yo To Hello - 1048 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #173 / 481
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32904 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
  • Position: #13 / 7270
  • Number of attempts: 5
Swap values - 4440 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #361 / 1241
  • Number of attempts: 3
One number per line - 18377 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #1540 / 3787
  • Number of attempts: 3
Wget failed to download redirections - 178 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: 18
  • Position: #28 / 60
  • Number of attempts: 6
V to the i - 4639 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #900 / 1856
  • Number of attempts: 4
html paragraph to table - 583 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 52
  • Position: #34 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 6
Extract argument from function - 2215 entries

The aim is to see if you can do some refactoring very fast.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #297 / 728
  • Number of attempts: 3
Start coding format - 129 entries

I used to start coding with following format: int main(){ -(cursor here) }

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #32 / 64
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4651 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #365 / 1541
  • Number of attempts: 7
Across-Down Flip - 45 entries

Do this instead of the Sunday crossword.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #11 / 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2498 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #390 / 683
  • Number of attempts: 2
comment and uncomment code inline - 990 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
  • Position: #55 / 295
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11136 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #179 / 4112
  • Number of attempts: 4
Make HTML List - 987 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #51 / 261
  • Number of attempts: 4
Un"finnish"ed Work - 105 entries

Replace å by a, ä by a and ö by o.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #5 / 55
  • Number of attempts: 3
Todo list specification - 365 entries

The every item on the todo list must be done today. Modify the list to reflect that.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #36 / 168
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 897 entries

A novice Python using prints Hello World! and a pro shows him different way. Using vim to get into pro style from novice, win the challenge.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #165 / 350
  • Number of attempts: 3
Extended Customer 2 - 44 entries

Format the chars

  • Best score: 47
  • Best player score: 72
  • Position: #10 / 19
  • Number of attempts: 3
Flatten repo - 22 entries

For each git repository (<project> tag) translate name attribute to flatten directory structure. Add path attribute if missing (because checkout hierarchy must be kept). #xml

  • Best score: 43
  • Best player score: 50
  • Position: #3 / 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5430 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #316 / 1227
  • Number of attempts: 4
Interactive git rebase changing commands - 156 entries

How to change the action of some commits in git rebase dialog.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #13 / 74
  • Number of attempts: 2
Create Leading Zeros - 205 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #35 / 77
  • Number of attempts: 8
JS notation to Immutable.js notation - 155 entries

Now Immutable.js made its way into many frontends. This challenge consists of a typical refactoring that many of us are facing now.

  • Best score: 35
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #19 / 59
  • Number of attempts: 3
FoodCritic023: Prefer conditional attributes - 177 entries

FoodCritic (www.foodcritic.io) is a lint tool for your Chef (learn.chef.io) cookbooks. FC023 indicates that you should prefer Chef guards over Ruby conditions. This challenge expects you to be able to fix this issue in a sample cookbook, given the FoodCritic output: ================================================================ FC023: Prefer conditional attributes: cookbooks/foo/recipes/default.rb:25 ================================================================ See http://www.foodcritic.io/#FC023 for more details about the changes being made.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #19 / 50
  • Number of attempts: 4
Add to end of each line... kinda - 288 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
  • Position: #106 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 1
JSON string rotation - 51 entries

Right value strings are misplaced. Just rotate them! I'm too kind with you guys and didn't included "strings with \" in it"!

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #12 / 18
  • Number of attempts: 5
ninja substitution - 1300 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #150 / 247
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 7520 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #824 / 2043
  • Number of attempts: 1
Pretty multi-line bash - 216 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #29 / 74
  • Number of attempts: 3
Free hyphen! - 147 entries

Just like "Inner hyphens", but I'm giving you a free hyphen to play with. Will your solution be any different?

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #81 / 81
  • Number of attempts: 2
C Reformatting - 686 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #55 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vim's not included features - 178 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #33 / 59
  • Number of attempts: 8
comments galore - 970 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #87 / 410
  • Number of attempts: 2
Inner hyphens - 122 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #71 / 76
  • Number of attempts: 2
ascii-art diamond - 34 entries

Simple ascii-art diamond. The grid is 40x40.

  • Best score: 40
  • Best player score: 54
  • Position: #11 / 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Maze path - 32 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: 40
  • Position: #7 / 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat Cura settings - 108 entries

Cura settings are weirdly encoded... After mere replacements, you'll have to enquote two strings (infill_pattern & speed_travel) and dont forget booleans in lowercase. #format #json

  • Best score: 50
  • Best player score: 64
  • Position: #12 / 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
Build a six - 267 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #44 / 89
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hail to Alekseï Pajitnov - 30 entries

Wanna play tetris? Don't panic, it's quite long but there's no piece rotation. Little advice: source the file, Luke!

  • Best score: 51
  • Best player score: 64
  • Position: #10 / 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Greek Letters - 60 entries

Starting with a list of Greek letters, create a cross-reference table showing all of the Greek alpha-beta. You'll likely need to use digraphs (:help digraphs). Note that while most digraphs can be entered with either character first, lowercase sigma has two digraphs -- s* AND *s! Good luck!

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 60
  • Position: #8 / 22
  • Number of attempts: 9
Separating firstname & lastname - 112 entries

Seperate named with equal tabs.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #11 / 52
  • Number of attempts: 1
Restore order to the alphabet - 175 entries

The numbers are OK. The letters are wonky.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #19 / 64
  • Number of attempts: 3
Mirror Symmetry - 781 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #13 / 262
  • Number of attempts: 3
Binary and Increment - 41 entries

Some numbers fun: not only increasing numbers but also increasing binary.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #11 / 15
  • Number of attempts: 7
Entries sort - 76 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: 14
  • Position: #7 / 35
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 4178 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #10 / 1166
  • Number of attempts: 5
VimGolfNight - 495 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #209 / 327
  • Number of attempts: 1
Rail fence transposition cipher - 70 entries

Solve a rail fence transposition cipher using vim. This ciphertext was created using two rails. Use vim to transpose the text and recover the original quote.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #15 / 24
  • Number of attempts: 7
camel riding - 745 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #73 / 267
  • Number of attempts: 5
Land of the Lost - 76 entries

Enter the tabs below the lyrics

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #3 / 29
  • Number of attempts: 6
swap or reverse - 104 entries

Try to swap or reverse the line as needed.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #61 / 62
  • Number of attempts: 1
readability - 306 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #91 / 145
  • Number of attempts: 1
Interleave lines - 133 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: 25
  • Position: #16 / 54
  • Number of attempts: 1
Logging with key - 292 entries

Sometimes it is better to log with meaningful key

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #35 / 84
  • Number of attempts: 4
Space out the alphabet - 1590 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #147 / 433
  • Number of attempts: 6
Sort with uniq OpenEmbedded package names - 33 entries

For each line take 4th dirname of path. For example: "alsa-utils", "gawk-3.1.5", ... But! But if previous result is "files", take 3rd dirname instead. For example: "mktemp", "mklibs" ... If version is present in package name (dash is the separator character), take it. For example: "apt-0.9.9.4" prevails over "apt". And finally, use sort -u to get unique names!

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #4 / 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
remove all lines in first part - 178 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
  • Position: #15 / 62
  • Number of attempts: 1
Not enough Ps - 65 entries

Different type of code

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #5 / 34
  • Number of attempts: 3
Merge blank lines and properly capitalize - 61 entries

Here you need complete 2 tasks: 1. Remove all unwanted continuous blank lines and leave only 1 blank line between paragraphs. 2. Properly capitalize the sentences.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #5 / 20
  • Number of attempts: 4
Fix the XML - 958 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #66 / 279
  • Number of attempts: 6
Line 'em up! - 367 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
  • Position: #11 / 105
  • Number of attempts: 2
Shuffled numbers - 212 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: 16
  • Position: #39 / 88
  • Number of attempts: 1
ASCII box - 317 entries

Don't forget to fix typos!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #54 / 102
  • Number of attempts: 4
50 factorials mod 97 - 47 entries

List 1! to 50!, but give your answer mod 97.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #10 / 18
  • Number of attempts: 4
Mute the second method of this script - 439 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #9 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove hard line breaks - 58 entries

Text files with Hard breaks are not good for e-readers. We need remove all hard line breaks and have long lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #9 / 28
  • Number of attempts: 5
Greek column realign - 42 entries

Oops one letter is missing! Shift down the second column to insert nu letter. Symbol can be entered using: <C-K>n*

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #14 / 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Winning streak - 113 entries

Make the number on each line equal the consecutive L's or W's.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #8 / 48
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sorting database text output - 206 entries

Sometimes it is nice to be able to quickly take column-formatted text output from the SQL command line and turn it into a list of useful data. In this case we want a unique, sorted list of the values from the second column combined into one comma-separated list. What is the fewest strokes you can do this in?

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #55 / 79
  • Number of attempts: 4
Config Sections - 38 entries

Section me!

  • Best score: 43
  • Best player score: 55
  • Position: #13 / 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Refactoring useless Method away - 89 entries

Real-life challenge, convert a bunch of ifs to a switch statement

  • Best score: 47
  • Best player score: 50
  • Position: #8 / 31
  • Number of attempts: 4
Test everything! - 136 entries

... and build the desired input data structure. Transform a list of values into a non-trivial format.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #10 / 47
  • Number of attempts: 4
Condensed Cases - 752 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: 14
  • Position: #128 / 230
  • Number of attempts: 7
increment by column in XML - 144 entries

modify an arbitrary "column" in an xml table by incrementing a an arbitrary placeholder string

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #24 / 52
  • Number of attempts: 4
Square numbers - 81 entries

Boring math puzzle.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #8 / 34
  • Number of attempts: 3
Pretty format for variable declarations - 137 entries

Project standards demand the equal signs must be aligned for better readability.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #24 / 54
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple Maths - 36 entries

Not much to say, discover by yourself!

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #13 / 24
  • Number of attempts: 3
Happy TvvO - 388 entries

Don’t forget the past, learn from it. Happy New Year.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #3 / 194
  • Number of attempts: 1
C to VimDict - 46 entries

Convert a C data structure to a Vimscript dictionary.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 46
  • Position: #11 / 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
range(10) digit rotation - 32 entries

This is a data generator challenge or some kind of gift..

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #20 / 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15728 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #1224 / 4114
  • Number of attempts: 6
Shift down - 191 entries

Number words are back.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #37 / 66
  • Number of attempts: 10
learn vim in short time - 217 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #126 / 148
  • Number of attempts: 1
Replace Parameter with Explicit Methods - 61 entries

Implementing the methods of a Java Interface

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #15 / 25
  • Number of attempts: 3
vim1001 - 269 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #76 / 105
  • Number of attempts: 2
Subtraction - 168 entries

Solve the equations.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #25 / 58
  • Number of attempts: 6
Roman numerals - 67 entries

Use the substitutions on top to convert unary to Roman numerals.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #12 / 26
  • Number of attempts: 6
-a-b-c- - 3118 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #479 / 1112
  • Number of attempts: 3
Count both ways - 957 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #171 / 340
  • Number of attempts: 1
Suffix sort - 219 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #21 / 61
  • Number of attempts: 12
NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 233 entries

Just testing.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #41 / 112
  • Number of attempts: 3
Lisp Condense - 431 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #78 / 151
  • Number of attempts: 5
120 Degrees - 441 entries

Rotate that triangle.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #72 / 140
  • Number of attempts: 5
Gray area - 698 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #9 / 259
  • Number of attempts: 7
NBCU Weekly Challenge - #0 - 124 entries

One of our favorites lines here at NBCU! p.s. The first version of #0 was deleted due to me copy/pasting a HTML entity. Congrats to the one who figured that out, you are a true ninja warrior!

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #25 / 55
  • Number of attempts: 2
Refactor static member invocation - 193 entries

Someone used a static method. Refactor the method into a static import while fixing the assertion.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #33 / 62
  • Number of attempts: 5
Winding path - 91 entries

It's a maze, but the bad paths have been blocked off. Mark the correct path.

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #8 / 39
  • Number of attempts: 4
Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 216 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #78 / 96
  • Number of attempts: 1
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1105 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #155 / 291
  • Number of attempts: 8
Don't know what this is - 1948 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: 14
  • Position: #316 / 571
  • Number of attempts: 6
Two become one - 703 entries

We have two c arrays and want to make one two dimensional out of it. Can we do that?

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #28 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 6
Where should I put the Newline? - 842 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #319 / 421
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vim tetris - 351 entries

Vim can play tetris too!

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #28 / 100
  • Number of attempts: 4
Piphilology - 124 entries

Piphilology comprises the creation and use of mnemonic techniques to remember a span of digits of the mathematical constant π. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piphilology

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #12 / 49
  • Number of attempts: 5
Mess in revision history - 1143 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #83 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 8
Shuffle puzzle - 307 entries

Sort the lines in each indent group, and sort the groups. That's the pattern. Or just move lines around manually to get a better score.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #59 / 100
  • Number of attempts: 5
Going underground.... - 315 entries

Simple reformatting: in this case changing from the format London underground supplies its customers with, to the format that Google Calendar likes...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #15 / 122
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10533 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #1918 / 3637
  • Number of attempts: 8
attr_aligner - 3402 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #362 / 685
  • Number of attempts: 6
Under the cupola - 45 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: 72
  • Position: #14 / 17
  • Number of attempts: 4
Ninjas Leaderboard - 84 entries

The two lines in "Start file" has an obfuscated email address. Second line give an index (from 1 to 30) to the chars list of the first line, for example, the first char of email (n) is in position 25, second char (i) is in position 19 and s.o.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #5 / 38
  • Number of attempts: 5
Letter case trickery - 1547 entries

This file is in a downright esoteric format, consisting of hexadecimal numbers, non-hexadecimal keywords, and "Z" indicating end-of-line. Make the hexadecimal numbers lowercase.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #252 / 498
  • Number of attempts: 3
quotes inside quotes - 3026 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: 15
  • Position: #425 / 1044
  • Number of attempts: 6
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1379 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 2
Hole-in-one - 973 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: 18
  • Position: #138 / 297
  • Number of attempts: 8
Coordinates placeholder - 61 entries

Place coordinates instead of target search.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 51
  • Position: #34 / 35
  • Number of attempts: 1
fib.c cleanup - 58 entries

cleanup the file

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #41 / 50
  • Number of attempts: 2
199 Fibonacci Numbers - 37 entries

Generate 199 Fibonacci Numbers using, if you like, the function S(x,y), a vimscript to sum two big numbers in reverse order.

  • Best score: 51
  • Best player score: 67
  • Position: #10 / 16
  • Number of attempts: 7
Harder than "abcd > a b c d" - 75 entries

Not as easy as the last challenge. This time, just one space between a and b, up to 25 spaces between y and z. (Removed some lines; diff was too long.)

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #18 / 38
  • Number of attempts: 3
Transposition - 73 entries

Transpose the original lines in separate columns, one for each line.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #8 / 28
  • Number of attempts: 3
Sort by your own sum - 49 entries

Same numbers as last time, but you'll have to add them yourself.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #9 / 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
Changing URL path in CSS - 113 entries

What's the quickest way to swap out all the URLs in a CSS file? Is it wasted keystrokes using look-behinds and look-aheads? (I'm sorry for the delete/report--I made a mistake with the last one requiring an ugly search for graphic to replace with images. I just intended this to be a simple search and replace that might possibly generate some macros or normals solutions that are quicker)

  • Best score: 40
  • Best player score: 45
  • Position: #35 / 56
  • Number of attempts: 5
Rule 110 - 35 entries

Compute the next 5 iterations of Rule 110 with the given starting state. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_110

  • Best score: 43
  • Best player score: 53
  • Position: #6 / 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
NATO phonetic alphabet - 476 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #89 / 181
  • Number of attempts: 1
Presidential Sorting - 47 entries

Given a nice CSV formatted arrangement of the Presidents of the United States, we need to print out an alphabetical list in pretty columns. Prove that vim can conquer this basic Excel task!

  • Best score: 40
  • Best player score: 50
  • Position: #15 / 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
Extract text from xml - 102 entries

Extract text from xml file (ignoring commented out elements) and create a one line regex.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #12 / 42
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple Maths 2 - 26 entries

Time to practice expression register! #maths #linear

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #8 / 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Tiny column alignment - 39 entries

Align using the four blocks, don't forget to lowercase and have fun!

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #6 / 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 388 entries

Someone has vandalized this text file and replaced the beginning character of one word in each line with a Big "X." Please remove the big X's, and fix each line to read "The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog."

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #70 / 180
  • Number of attempts: 2
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1508 entries

Oh no, this line is longer than 80 chars... put each 'vim' on a new line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #205 / 424
  • Number of attempts: 2
maximun and minimun - 52 entries

Find the maximum and minimum of the rows.

  • Best score: 51
  • Best player score: 69
  • Position: #17 / 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
Saving the hashes(#) - 1961 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: 25
  • Position: #173 / 466
  • Number of attempts: 9
SFD-ROC: ROT13 Phonics - 79 entries

A is for apple, b is for ball, etc... This familiar phonics poem has been rotated 13 characters. Make the letter match the word.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #49 / 64
  • Number of attempts: 1
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 1004 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #256 / 417
  • Number of attempts: 7
you're stuck on jQuery < 1.7 - 330 entries

replace calls to jQuery 1.7+'s `on` with calls to pre 1.7 `bind`

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #49 / 107
  • Number of attempts: 3
Enharmonic Equivalents - 54 entries

Transform # and b to digraphs

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #9 / 33
  • Number of attempts: 2
Flip the chessboard - 67 entries

White's turn is over. Flip the board to black's perspective. I added coordinates to frustrate you.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #15 / 28
  • Number of attempts: 4
Vertical Limit - 2367 entries

transform a succession of one word lines to a an array of strings

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #276 / 716
  • Number of attempts: 3
replacing each line of a block selection - 2791 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #248 / 732
  • Number of attempts: 6
Switch function arguments - 1982 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #376 / 627
  • Number of attempts: 9
Remove noise from HTTP log - 660 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: 16
  • Position: #172 / 260
  • Number of attempts: 3
un-C-escape string - 54 entries

Convert escape sequences to characters

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #41 / 48
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4917 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #822 / 1701
  • Number of attempts: 6
Replacing some words - 412 entries

How fast could it be?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #100 / 145
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make it more readable - 1891 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #272 / 622
  • Number of attempts: 3
Complete the hex array data - 190 entries

Do not use external tools(e.g. tac, seq) [My interpretation of Rule #7]

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #44 / 72
  • Number of attempts: 2
Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 251 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #81 / 94
  • Number of attempts: 5
Numbering a List - 1828 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #244 / 625
  • Number of attempts: 5
Solve the Sokoban - 160 entries

A wink for all Vimgolfers that play Nethack too.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #12 / 70
  • Number of attempts: 4
Shebangs for all - 1771 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: 13
  • Position: #185 / 467
  • Number of attempts: 6
Table Reshuffle - 349 entries

Fix the column order in this table... also append the new 'username' column.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #33 / 127
  • Number of attempts: 2
Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 220 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #49 / 81
  • Number of attempts: 4
Ruby 1.9 compat - 590 entries

Remember when Ruby supported `when <expr> :`? Well, it doesn't in 1.9, so let's make sure we use `then`, without ruining our lovely new hash syntax!

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #53 / 225
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reverse Simple Deletion - 758 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #295 / 429
  • Number of attempts: 6
Increment, increment, increment.... - 567 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #280 / 370
  • Number of attempts: 1
Dumb to smart - 83 entries

Turn dumb quote to smart vim's way.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #15 / 50
  • Number of attempts: 2
The Cake is a Lie - 1194 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #341 / 486
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fix the Haiku - 261 entries

Change this slightly scrambled haiku to its unscrambled form and fix the capitalisation and punctuation along the way.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #23 / 105
  • Number of attempts: 4
Compile C - 315 entries

You might have to get clever to do this one.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #63 / 122
  • Number of attempts: 6
Linear congruential generator - 108 entries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_congruential_generator

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #30 / 46
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reverse characters in a line - 645 entries

You have everything you need, just not in the right order. Mastermind would give you 26 white pegs.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #140 / 236
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat most common surnames - 586 entries

Reformat copy-pasted table into a list of the most common surnames

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #74 / 186
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remember FizzBuzz? - 587 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 58
  • Position: #79 / 166
  • Number of attempts: 3
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2970 entries

Convert tabs to spaces, strip empty lines and trailing whitespace.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #183 / 661
  • Number of attempts: 7
Simple text editing with Vim - 11620 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1291 / 3409
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6000 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #298 / 1479
  • Number of attempts: 5

Contributed Challenges

Tiny column alignment - 39 entries

Align using the four blocks, don't forget to lowercase and have fun!

Simple Maths 2 - 26 entries

Time to practice expression register! #maths #linear

If-then-else regexp - 37 entries

Rules: - golf is never following golf - vim comes first! Drawing a finite-state machine diagram could help. #regexp

range(10) digit rotation - 32 entries

This is a data generator challenge or some kind of gift..

Simple Maths - 36 entries

Not much to say, discover by yourself!

Greek column realign - 42 entries

Oops one letter is missing! Shift down the second column to insert nu letter. Symbol can be entered using: <C-K>n*

Conway sequence - 23 entries

Generate the the first fifteen numbers. See here for more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Look-and-say_sequence

Custom McCarthy sequence - 31 entries

Generate the first one hundred and twenty numbers (starting with n=1). See here for some inspiration: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthy_91_function

ASCII box - 317 entries

Don't forget to fix typos!

Fill visual area - 77 entries

Just have fun!

Sort with uniq OpenEmbedded package names - 33 entries

For each line take 4th dirname of path. For example: "alsa-utils", "gawk-3.1.5", ... But! But if previous result is "files", take 3rd dirname instead. For example: "mktemp", "mklibs" ... If version is present in package name (dash is the separator character), take it. For example: "apt-0.9.9.4" prevails over "apt". And finally, use sort -u to get unique names!

Interleave lines - 133 entries

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

Entries sort - 76 entries

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

Hail to Alekseï Pajitnov - 30 entries

Wanna play tetris? Don't panic, it's quite long but there's no piece rotation. Little advice: source the file, Luke!

Reformat Cura settings - 108 entries

Cura settings are weirdly encoded... After mere replacements, you'll have to enquote two strings (infill_pattern & speed_travel) and dont forget booleans in lowercase. #format #json

Maze path - 32 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.

Alsa configuration - 481 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

C Reformatting - 686 entries

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

JSON string rotation - 51 entries

Right value strings are misplaced. Just rotate them! I'm too kind with you guys and didn't included "strings with \" in it"!

Flatten repo - 22 entries

For each git repository (<project> tag) translate name attribute to flatten directory structure. Add path attribute if missing (because checkout hierarchy must be kept). #xml

Palindrome numbers - 21 entries

For each number compute its associated palindrome. First number (first line) has been eaten! #prime

TAR archive pretty print - 22 entries

Will you use isk ?

Data reformat - 241 entries

Reformat this copy-paste data! #csv

Levenshtein distance - 76 entries

Compute distance for each pair. Notice that this recursive implementation is very inefficient. Wagner-Fischer algorithm is iterative and much faster. #vimscript

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