Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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Played Challenges

Increment each number - 767 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 8
I forgot quotes - 14515 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 8
Just the middle - 10464 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
That hyphen - 2393 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 11
replacing each line of a block selection - 2694 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 14
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 2950 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 5
Search and Replace 0 - 4446 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 40
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple format (2) - 256 entries

try again!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 11
comment and uncomment code inline - 945 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
  • Number of attempts: 6
Words in parens - 12094 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 10
Com(m)a Trouble - 2837 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 7
Simple, Practical, and Common - 30434 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: 23
  • Number of attempts: 12
One number per line - 16700 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 8
Extract argument from function - 2134 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 8
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: 3
Box it - 6390 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 9
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