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Played Challenges

simple replacements - 553 entries

The goal is to see the replacement commands in action.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #75 / 129
  • Number of attempts: 5
Inverting Lines - 837 entries

A simple challenge to invert all lines, except the first.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #97 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 6
Modernise code - 590 entries

Modernise and clean up some C++ code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #72 / 138
  • Number of attempts: 6
Put a cross in the square - 71 entries

Put a cross in the square

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #32 / 37
  • Number of attempts: 6
Yo To Hello - 922 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #325 / 433
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32752 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
  • Position: #1752 / 7238
  • Number of attempts: 17
Swap values - 4401 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #461 / 1233
  • Number of attempts: 7
One number per line - 18269 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #1438 / 3766
  • Number of attempts: 8
Swap values inside brackets - 2404 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #10 / 555
  • Number of attempts: 13
V to the i - 4602 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #627 / 1840
  • Number of attempts: 3
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2704 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #308 / 804
  • Number of attempts: 7
Add semicolons - 10449 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1172 / 2959
  • Number of attempts: 2
Bad Copy Syntax - 1883 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #399 / 479
  • Number of attempts: 2
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3426 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #535 / 1110
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 7637 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #590 / 1824
  • Number of attempts: 10
Cool or not? - 744 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #90 / 213
  • Number of attempts: 7
html paragraph to table - 583 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 72
  • Position: #96 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2781 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #548 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 2
Copy three lines - 2755 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #257 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 11
Extract argument from function - 2186 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #672 / 721
  • Number of attempts: 2
That hyphen - 2464 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #353 / 674
  • Number of attempts: 4
comment and uncomment code inline - 974 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
  • Position: #110 / 290
  • Number of attempts: 10
Just the middle - 11079 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2726 / 4090
  • Number of attempts: 5
Team names - 1755 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #202 / 564
  • Number of attempts: 6
Learn some german verbs - 491 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
  • Position: #38 / 122
  • Number of attempts: 18
Missing Library and a Typo - 826 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
  • Position: #78 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 9
Basic renumbering - 5395 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #152 / 1219
  • Number of attempts: 14
Adam's challenge - 905 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
  • Position: #75 / 253
  • Number of attempts: 9
Vice versa - 7434 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #428 / 2016
  • Number of attempts: 9
Order and join - 853 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #115 / 235
  • Number of attempts: 5
One to Ten - 2063 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
  • Position: #25 / 631
  • Number of attempts: 6
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 590 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
  • Position: #20 / 188
  • Number of attempts: 3
Line under headers - 1853 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #312 / 460
  • Number of attempts: 2
Build a six - 265 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #8 / 88
  • Number of attempts: 5
Increment each number - 940 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #85 / 231
  • Number of attempts: 2
Delete to the end of the current line - 709 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #72 / 347
  • Number of attempts: 2
Put the months in order - 911 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #81 / 154
  • Number of attempts: 12
move titles next to url, in quotes - 464 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #66 / 124
  • Number of attempts: 5
Array transposition - 2244 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #354 / 423
  • Number of attempts: 8
convert yml into java pojo field - 800 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
  • Position: #56 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 5
unknown command - 142 entries

I want change 5 words

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #28 / 71
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change your calendar - 278 entries

Happy New Year!

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #50 / 76
  • Number of attempts: 4
Collect List - 4149 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #405 / 1160
  • Number of attempts: 2
Space out the alphabet - 1543 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #190 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 8
I forgot quotes - 15647 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1781 / 4096
  • Number of attempts: 5
Don't know what this is - 1919 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
  • Position: #212 / 563
  • Number of attempts: 6
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10511 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1344 / 3628
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 12682 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1667 / 3905
  • Number of attempts: 4
Santa's naughty / nice list - 75 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
  • Position: #19 / 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
replacing each line of a block selection - 2740 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #457 / 724
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4865 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #538 / 1689
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 11391 entries

Make the pairs of lines match up by making each second line same as first

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1911 / 3347
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5835 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #594 / 1442
  • Number of attempts: 4
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