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Played Challenges

RUST Cargo.toml version to last - 57 entries

RUST Cargo.toml version to last. rusty practice on vimgolf

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 5
RUST match with enum for Coin - 75 entries

RUST match with enum for Coin rusty practice on vimgolf

  • Best score: 85
  • Best player score: 111
  • Number of attempts: 3
Modernise code - 233 entries

Modernise and clean up some C++ code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 14
Enumerate Bullets - 60 entries

We will need to refer to the bullet points in our document explicitly later, so we need to assign them some ID's!

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 6
swap number pairs - 955 entries

Swap the numbers in a bunch of 2-element arrays.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 18
HS Final exam vimgolf - 304 entries

Change the initial file to a single line containing all names comma-separated with numbers inside parentheses.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 12
Easy modification of ssh config - 78 entries

Just add another alias to each worker

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 4
ssh config skills - 127 entries

Parse output from `kuebctl get no -o wide` into an .ssh/config file!

  • Best score: 41
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 9
Change double quotes to single quotes, but with a twist - 168 entries

Although this challenge is in the context of a Python function, you don't need to know Python to do this challenge. It is to add contexts and interesting constraints. The file contains a function that prints a multi-line string literal. I wrote the string literal with double quotes, but then I decided to use single quotes instead, and that's your challenge. However, interestingly enough, the string itself contains single and double quotes. This means, inside the string literal, the originally escaped double quotes no longer need to be escaped, but the single quotes now need to be escaped. Note that the triple double quotes in the docstring should be left alone.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 9
Rural Post - 3446 entries

Simple challenge to remove all but the post code on each line

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 3
Satisfy the go linter - 1460 entries

You just came up with this briliant go vars package. But dang, you forgot to add comments to the exported variables. Can you add a comment over each variable with a TODO-placeholder?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 14
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 343 entries

You created an ansible playbook, but forgot to add quotes. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 3
Multiline to Single Line - 217 entries

Convert a multiline, indented file to a single line with no whitespace

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 3
Data reformat - 160 entries

Reformat this copy-paste data! #csv

  • Best score: 38
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 8
xrandr outputs and dashes - 436 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: 6
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 570 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: 18
  • Number of attempts: 9
Capitalize the Names - 168 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: 21
  • Number of attempts: 5
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 866 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 15
Get mail address from outlook format - 486 entries

Create a mail list space separated of mail list formatted by outlook

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5629 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
Quote modules - 969 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 14
Aliases for cd - 758 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 19
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 759 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 5
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1052 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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 11
Line under headers - 1832 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 9
Add string initializers to an enum - 724 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 6
Unsemantic linewrapping - 784 entries

[Inspired by a blog post I read: https://scott.mn/2014/02/21/semantic_linewrapping/. Text adapted.] Sometimes when editing a Markdown file, I wrap the lines semantically. Instead of inserting a newline at 70 columns (or whatever), or making paragraphs one long line, I put in newlines at a point that seems logical to me. This may seem silly, but it produces better diffs. Semantic linewrapping also makes editing snappier. I can delete, edit or insert sentences easily using linewise operations. Code-oriented text editors like Vim and [REDACTED] are really good at this kind of manipulation. Editing text that hasn't been wrapped semantically is a pain, though:

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 10
Bad Copy Syntax - 1879 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reorder the groups - 1046 entries

Change the order so that the groups of fruit come before the vegetables.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 8
Add semicolons - 10157 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 4
html paragraph to table - 582 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 48
  • Number of attempts: 15
ninja substitution - 1193 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 9
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 681 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 5
Cool or not? - 721 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 7553 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 11
Increment each number - 921 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 11
One to Ten - 2027 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: 10
Delete to the end of the current line - 699 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: 1
Put the months in order - 884 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 16
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3397 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 4
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 583 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 6
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2689 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
Com(m)a Trouble - 3253 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 19
convert yml into java pojo field - 798 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: 4
Swap values inside brackets - 2395 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 8
Team names - 1751 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
multiple cursor alternative - 1405 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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 5
Array transposition - 2233 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 22
Missing Library and a Typo - 814 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: 15
  • Number of attempts: 6
From argument to object - 1245 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
comment and uncomment code inline - 971 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: 4
Adam's challenge - 902 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: 18
  • Number of attempts: 7
Every other line - 2770 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 8
Copy three lines - 2743 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 8
Split line with dots - 2074 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 7
One number per line - 18126 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 9
Swap values - 4373 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 6
Vice versa - 7369 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 7
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32560 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: 26
  • Number of attempts: 3
Collect List - 4132 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Space out the alphabet - 1519 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 8
Just the middle - 11060 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15590 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5389 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 9
That hyphen - 2456 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 5
-a-b-c- - 3076 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
V to the i - 4577 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
Don't know what this is - 1903 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: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
Extract argument from function - 2175 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 6
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10492 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
attr_aligner - 3346 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 8
quotes inside quotes - 2995 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: 5
Words in parens - 12654 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 10
Saving the hashes(#) - 1920 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: 20
  • Number of attempts: 12
Vertical Limit - 2293 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 9
Switch function arguments - 1918 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
replacing each line of a block selection - 2739 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 10
switch variable - 4856 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4508 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2761 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 12
Simple text editing with Vim - 11306 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: 7
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5779 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 9
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