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Played Challenges

Put the months in order - 499 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 48
  • Number of attempts: 7
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 296 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/9fvsro/what_is_the_most_efficient_way_to_go_about/

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 2
quotes inside quotes - 2804 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: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple Maths - 30 entries

Not much to say, discover by yourself!

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 2635 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Copy three lines - 2135 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 3
Search and Replace 0 - 4166 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 12156 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 7
Split line with dots - 1865 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 5
Array transposition - 1660 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 3
simple format (3) - 37 entries

reverse two column values!

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 57
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple text editing with Vim - 10540 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: 8
Com(m)a Trouble - 1848 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 6
Words in parens - 11172 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 4
Just the middle - 9424 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
One to Ten - 1094 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: 6
Number Sort - 244 entries

sort the list of newline-separated numbers incrementally. Numbers are in the range 1 to 1000, with 500 missing

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Team names - 1482 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple format (2) - 238 entries

try again!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 6
switch variable - 4344 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 7
Applying same text modification in several lines - 1791 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 9
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 1872 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Delete to the end of the current line - 485 entries

Delete to the end of the current line, but keep the character under the cursor.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 3
That hyphen - 2204 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 6
Collect List - 3550 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 6
Order and join - 756 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 9
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 438 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: 15
  • Number of attempts: 5
Swap values - 3626 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 6
V to the i - 3975 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 3
comments galore - 908 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 6070 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap the operands under comparison - 220 entries

Swap the operands under comparison to prevent null pointer exception (at least in java)

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values inside brackets - 1629 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
move titles next to url, in quotes - 314 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 5
Cool or not? - 506 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 4
Every other line - 2137 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 4
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1016 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 7
One number per line - 13395 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 6
Refactor static member invocation - 180 entries

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

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 11
Remove hard line breaks - 39 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: 21
  • Number of attempts: 4
Increment each number - 531 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 25720 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: 9
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2557 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 7
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9600 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Space out the alphabet - 1382 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 4
Align commas - 854 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: 16
  • Number of attempts: 6
Basic renumbering - 4689 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 5
Don't know what this is - 1769 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: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
replacing each line of a block selection - 2542 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 4
Saving the hashes(#) - 1770 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: 27
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 3550 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 2
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