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Played Challenges

Santa's naughty / nice list - 65 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: 57
  • Number of attempts: 3
Python challenge - 93 entries

Change the types of the variables in the list from str to float, while keeping the truncation.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 6
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5470 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 3
Put the months in order - 403 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 10
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 277 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: 35
  • Number of attempts: 3
Learn some german verbs - 383 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: 32
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple format (2) - 224 entries

try again!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple, Practical, and Common - 24516 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: 4
Array propagate - 234 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 5
attr_aligner - 2968 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 5
simple format - 2612 entries

make it look better.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 6
Scrambled numbers - 724 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 8
Adam's challenge - 764 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 6
quotes inside quotes - 2757 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: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 10354 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: 5
Add to end of each line... kinda - 264 entries

Visual-block mode can be used to add something to the end of each line, even if they are of differing lengths. However, what if it's not quite at the end?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Com(m)a Trouble - 1627 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 714 entries

Get rid of the '%' symbols and shift the decimal place. This is the easier version - all the columns line up.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Increment each number - 445 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 8
Getters & Setters: Java - 141 entries

Boilerplate getters & setters - it's a tedious fact of life in Java, and probably the only thing that still pulls me back to an IDE. Perhaps someone knows a fast, pure vim way...

  • Best score: 89
  • Best player score: 119
  • Number of attempts: 12
Search and Replace 0 - 4066 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
One to Ten - 854 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
Just the middle - 9091 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
unknown command - 110 entries

I want change 5 words

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
Switch function arguments - 1830 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Vertical Limit - 2106 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 9
Applying same text modification in several lines - 1561 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 6
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 1457 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
That hyphen - 2158 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 14
Delete to the end of the current line - 423 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
multiple cursor alternative - 1052 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: 21
  • Number of attempts: 8
Number Sort - 240 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: 1
Team names - 1422 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values - 3483 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
Collect List - 3443 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 6
comment and uncomment code inline - 790 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: 10
  • Number of attempts: 4
comments galore - 904 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 3874 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4286 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
Order and join - 748 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 374 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: 4
-a-b-c- - 2551 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Missing Library and a Typo - 672 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: 6
Copy three lines - 2002 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 9
Extract argument from function - 1994 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array Transposition - 135 entries

Transpose four arrays into two.

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 45
  • Number of attempts: 3
replacing each line of a block selection - 2498 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 3
Don't know what this is - 1724 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: 4
Every other line - 2076 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 8
Vice versa - 5884 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
Build a six - 193 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap the operands under comparison - 218 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values inside brackets - 1415 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 6
move titles next to url, in quotes - 265 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
Basic renumbering - 4571 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Align commas - 833 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
I forgot quotes - 11591 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 1802 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 4
Array transposition - 1572 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 11
Words in parens - 10940 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 12477 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Space out the alphabet - 1358 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
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