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Played Challenges

Define to require - 113 entries

When JSHint is enabled, there's a rule that doesn't let you have more than 6 arguments in a function, so the moment you need to add a 7th argument, you need to do a refactoring.

  • Best score: 62
  • Best player score: 90
  • Number of attempts: 2
Put the months in order - 577 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 53
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5569 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 44
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 837 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: 42
  • Number of attempts: 4
Sort and add attributes - 1099 entries

Sort the states and add the attribute country to each record.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 2
lipsum lines - 239 entries

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

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 1
attr_aligner - 3081 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 3
Mess in revision history - 1008 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 6249 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 6
Split the words - 334 entries

Add the spaces manually if you must, but if you use Vim's spell checking feature wisely, I think you'll save a LARGE number of strokes.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 40
  • Number of attempts: 3
Lisp Condense - 391 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make HTML List - 917 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 5
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1086 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: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
Happy TvvO - 357 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Gray area - 653 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Align commas - 882 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: 11
  • Number of attempts: 7
switch variable - 4443 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2599 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reverse Simple Deletion - 721 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Todo list specification - 299 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
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2232 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Letter case trickery - 1450 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: 10
  • Number of attempts: 7
replacing each line of a block selection - 2591 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4210 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
readability - 285 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1139 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 4
Space out the alphabet - 1413 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 8
JS notation to Immutable.js notation - 143 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: 46
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hatsuyume - 365 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Switch function arguments - 1852 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Angular naming conventions - 269 entries

In angular, a directive name follows the camelCase convention. When the directive is used in an HTML template, the words are instead separated by a dash. Go from to the other the fastest!

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vertical Limit - 2167 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 6
Increment, increment, increment.... - 493 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
The name of the game - 587 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9728 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 8
Just the middle - 9687 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 4
Mirror Symmetry - 721 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 5
Change the content of a string - 1253 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 4
Context Insensitive completion 1 - 395 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat most common surnames - 523 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 8
V to the i - 4114 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
comments galore - 910 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 5
Append semicolon after expressions - 880 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Where should I put the Newline? - 803 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
comment and uncomment code inline - 862 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: 10
  • Number of attempts: 2
The meaning - 504 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Line Zipper - 397 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Missing Library and a Typo - 741 entries

I forgot to add a c library, please add it for me. Also I'm bad at typing so fix my typo too.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 5
Hello ${world} - 232 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 4
Remove semicolons after expressions - 463 entries

A follow-up for http://vimgolf.com/challenges/4fc9d767d3a0d4000100000e.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 3
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 943 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 2689 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 8
Stairs Indenting - 360 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Wrap text in quotes - 297 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
A Simple One - 849 entries

Here is a very simple one - just to illustrate/introduce a vim feature that some people seem to miss...

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Pretty multi-line bash - 194 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
That hyphen - 2250 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 5
Sorting database text output - 188 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
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract argument from function - 2049 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 2179 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 7
I forgot quotes - 12730 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 6
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1311 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 3
camel riding - 703 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 4
Replace and keep the case - 347 entries

Replace all instance of plugin and Plugin to device and Device.

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 7
Make it more readable - 1769 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sorting paragraphs - 443 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 1
learn vim in short time - 186 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Two become one - 676 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: 35
  • Number of attempts: 1
imports alignment (python) - 577 entries

Align as one import per line.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 6
Inner hyphens - 114 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: 2
Counting in binary - 393 entries

"a" represents 0; "A" represents 1. Start from zero and count to 15.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 4
Mute the second method of this script - 416 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
From A to B - 507 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 5
Assignment Alignment - 703 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Shebangs for all - 1636 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 8
Array transposition - 1738 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 8
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 330 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: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values - 3773 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap assigned value - 499 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 5
Add to end of each line... kinda - 265 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: 12
  • Number of attempts: 5
quotes inside quotes - 2834 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: 6
120 Degrees - 370 entries

Rotate that triangle.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
underscore_to_camelCase - 139 entries

Pointy haired boss decided we need to switch to camelCase. Let's get this over with.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 221 entries

Just testing.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 6
Un"finnish"ed Work - 102 entries

Replace å by a, ä by a and ö by o.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Collect List - 3618 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 478 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: 16
  • Number of attempts: 6
Words in parens - 11376 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reverse and double space - 411 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Count both ways - 893 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Generate a list of numbers - 253 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context insensitive completion 0 - 445 entries

Buried in the lines you're not supposed to add is the line "Add this line!" Add that line to the top of the file.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
Hole-in-one - 947 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: 5
Split line with dots - 1916 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1028 entries

Get the sentence back in the proper order, remove duplicate lines, and then combine the separate lines into one.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 4
VimGolfNight - 463 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Prefixes and suffixes - 506 entries

Generate all prefixes of "vimchallenge", then all suffixes.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 2
Mirrored text - 153 entries

backward and forward, and long enough to be challenging

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 10678 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 6
Condensed Cases - 700 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: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Line 'em up! - 276 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
From argument to object - 1132 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: 17
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat some Python - 511 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 6
Free hyphen! - 117 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: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Paragraph sort - 330 entries

My large herbivorous mammals, Vim commands, and POSIX utilities need to be sorted separately.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fix the XML - 895 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 2
Copy three lines - 2237 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: 4
Numbering a List - 1752 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sorting a glossary - 101 entries

Sort a glossary. Glossary head contains a header phrase ending with ':' and glossary body has multi line text indented with a tab.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 14200 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 12
Simple, Practical, and Common - 26832 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: 8
Make Fancy Header - 921 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
Scrambled numbers - 753 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 9
Don't know what this is - 1805 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: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
remove dupes from array - 1231 entries

given a random string that contains a ruby-esque array, make sure that there are no duplicate elements

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 3
vim1001 - 243 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 2
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