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Played Challenges

Make HTML List - 825 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 45
  • Number of attempts: 1
C Reformatting - 581 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 5
Sort and add attributes - 1052 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5358 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 10
attr_aligner - 2795 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 7
Change attribute to getter - 84 entries

Wrap attributes with a getter method.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 4
Vertical Limit - 2032 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 9
Alsa configuration - 448 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 11
Extract HTML option values from tag values - 73 entries

Generate HTML option values from the text in the option tag. If the text contains multiple words, replace the spaces with an underscore and convert all capital letters to small letters.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 45
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple, Practical, and Common - 21239 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: 5
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 7
remove dupes from array - 1164 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 6
Turn a ninja to case-insensitive [Nn][Ii][Nn][Jj][Aa] regexp! - 40 entries

I bumped into this in a dailywtf code: http://pastebin.com/QApa5ycS I didn't want to translate a string whenever I wanted to be [Ss][Aa][Rr][Cc][Aa][Ss][Tt][Ii][Cc] on slack, so I figured a script (python, sed, whatever) would be helpful. Well, or a few vim keystroke!

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Scrambled numbers - 696 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 8
Count both ways - 850 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sorting paragraphs - 437 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 9
Mess in revision history - 927 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 11
imports alignment (python) - 571 entries

Align as one import per line.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 9
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2508 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 10
Search and Replace 0 - 3841 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Paragraph breaks - 381 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 5
Shebangs for all - 1552 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: 11
  • Number of attempts: 6
The name of the game - 574 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remove noise from HTTP log - 595 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: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 8496 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
Saving the hashes(#) - 1686 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: 7
replacing each line of a block selection - 2398 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 5
Don't know what this is - 1606 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: 9
Extract argument from function - 1816 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
Order and join - 695 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 5
quotes inside quotes - 2647 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: 2
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 5
Letter case trickery - 1413 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: 9
  • Number of attempts: 9
Gray area - 611 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Align commas - 760 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
Basic renumbering - 4143 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 7
Numbering a List - 1698 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1204 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 5
Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 679 entries

convert an ugly spreadsheet copy/paste into a CSV format.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 15
Mirror Symmetry - 681 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 10523 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap values - 3155 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 6
switch variable - 4095 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fix the XML - 836 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 6
Paragraph sort - 300 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
replace 2nd column blanks with values in same column if blank - 173 entries

Where ,SOMELOGB and ,SOMELOGC replaces each /r carriage return if 2nd column is blank. The replace only happens if 2nd column is blank though and should replace up to the non blank row.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 8
V to the i - 3564 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
Space out the alphabet - 1274 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9081 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
The Cake is a Lie - 1104 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 5
Collect List - 3164 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 10181 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 5
Split line with dots - 1715 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 5
That hyphen - 1859 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
A Simple One - 820 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
Words in parens - 10374 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1004 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: 5
Combines all items - 226 entries

For each line that starts with the same number I want to combine its contents

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1030 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: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
Assignment Alignment - 651 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 9
Mute the second method of this script - 403 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 - 480 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 11
Append semicolon after expressions - 826 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 5386 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
Generate a list of numbers - 226 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 9933 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: 1
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1241 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: 8
Make it more readable - 1718 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 6
-a-b-c- - 2368 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 6
Copy three lines - 1709 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: 6
Sort files from hosts - 123 entries

Resume files by host. I hope you enjoy with this challenge

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 1806 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 981 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 10
Make Fancy Header - 880 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
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