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Played Challenges

html paragraph to table - 451 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 72
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change your calendar - 263 entries

Happy New Year!

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 4
convert yml into java pojo field - 717 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: 5
Box it - 4246 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 9
Learn some german verbs - 411 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 18
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5569 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 4
Every other line - 2232 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 14188 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 8
Simple, Practical, and Common - 26822 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: 11
Increment each number - 593 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Space out the alphabet - 1413 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 8
Team names - 1507 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 6
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: 16
  • Number of attempts: 11
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: 9
Basic renumbering - 4829 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 14
switch variable - 4443 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 4110 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
replacing each line of a block selection - 2591 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 9
  • Number of attempts: 10
Order and join - 772 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 5
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: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
Collect List - 3613 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Delete to the end of the current line - 542 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: 2
Applying same text modification in several lines - 1994 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 7
Cool or not? - 546 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 7
unknown command - 114 entries

I want change 5 words

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
move titles next to url, in quotes - 349 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 5
Build a six - 245 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 5
Vice versa - 6247 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 9
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9728 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 9685 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 5
Words in parens - 11374 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values inside brackets - 1757 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 13
That hyphen - 2250 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 41
  • Number of attempts: 12
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 2177 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 4
One to Ten - 1293 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
Swap values - 3763 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 7
Santa's naughty / nice list - 70 entries

Christmas is here and Santa hasn't decided who's naughty or nice yet. He's given a list of names to his programmer friend to quickly split the children into naughty and nice. Hint: There's a hidden pattern that might be familiar.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 58
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array transposition - 1738 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 8
I forgot quotes - 12726 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 5
Adam's challenge - 832 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: 9
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: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
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