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Played Challenges

Chinese Multiplication Table - 50 entries

Print a Chinese multiplication table in Vim. In China, every kid is asked to memorize this table. And thanks to the mono-syllabism of Chinese characters, it is not that hard. Printing the multiplication table is also a good exercise for programming beginners. For-loop, escaped characters, etc... There should be some special ways to print it in Vim.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 71
  • Number of attempts: 4
Fibonacci Triangles - 41 entries

Triangles

  • Best score: 40
  • Best player score: 65
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remove Accent off the Letter - 100 entries

Remove all the accent from extremely accented statements.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 63
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remember FizzBuzz? - 537 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 59
  • Number of attempts: 5
Braces or Brackets? - 627 entries

Someone forgot whether to use braces or brackets and you have to clean up their code!

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 46
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add fold markers to a .c file - 443 entries

Fold markers can make it easier to navigate source code. Add them to this .c file.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 43
  • Number of attempts: 1
Numbering a List - 1752 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 3
Case preserving word replacement - 392 entries

Half way through my project, my people turned into dogs. Now I have to change everything in my source.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 6
Deleting folded text - 274 entries

The text below contains three folds. Delete them (and the text inside them). For example: 123 456 /*{{{*/ 789 /*}}}*/ 012 Should become: 123 012 Also, add `aoeuaoeu` to make sure small solutions don't get flagged as cheating.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 5
Block Fun 1 - 158 entries

Manipulate the columns to produce desired result.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Checkerboard case pattern - 106 entries

All the squares are white. Make some of them black. But only the right ones.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 4
Make Fancy Header - 921 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
quotes inside quotes - 2834 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
Ruby 1.9 compat - 557 entries

Remember when Ruby supported `when <expr> :`? Well, it doesn't in 1.9, so let's make sure we use `then`, without ruining our lovely new hash syntax!

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
vim = 22 / 7 - 398 entries

pi square vim

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 5
Sort the cardinal numbers - 221 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 10668 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: 4
Shebangs for all - 1632 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat a C golf submission - 476 entries

Take this C golf submission (for the "tiny but standards-compliant Hello World program" category, naturally), and turn it into formatted C code.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 8
Letter case trickery - 1450 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: 10
  • Number of attempts: 5
It'ss tooo coold too typpe todaay - 198 entries

My hands are numb with cold. It's hard to type correctly.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 6
Delete unwanted lines - 339 entries

Delete all lines which does not end in "o.."

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 11368 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
Stairs Indenting - 360 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
A Simple One - 849 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
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 937 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remove semicolons after expressions - 463 entries

A follow-up for http://vimgolf.com/challenges/4fc9d767d3a0d4000100000e.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
The Cake is a Lie - 1139 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 2
Hatsuyume - 365 entries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatsuyume

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remove noise from HTTP log - 618 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: 4
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1028 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: 21
  • Number of attempts: 6
Format the output - 95 entries

Sometimes your standard out is a little hard to read. Take this multilevel hash and make it human readable.

  • Best score: 35
  • Best player score: 40
  • Number of attempts: 8
Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 495 entries

You're replying to an email with silly long lines. Clean them up.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 2
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1305 entries

Oh no, this line is longer than 80 chars... put each 'vim' on a new line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make it more readable - 1769 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Context Insensitive completion 1 - 395 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python: Lots of function arguments - 73 entries

The function definition is too long for one line. The modeline helps you with some typical Python indent settings.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Hole-in-one - 941 entries

Lets take this golf thing literally.. Drive off the tee into the hole, and of course you don't strike the ball completely clean.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 4
Context insensitive completion 0 - 445 entries

Buried in the lines you're not supposed to add is the line "Add this line!" Add that line to the top of the file.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat most common surnames - 523 entries

Reformat copy-pasted table into a list of the most common surnames

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 4
Exchanging Quotes - 761 entries

Sometimes you need to exchange a choice of quotes in some code.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 2
REDRUM - 136 entries

If you remember "The Shinning", the first time you saw the bloody word REDRUM you probably thinked "What the Hell is that?" Well, then you know that you need a little help from a looking-glass to make sense of it. Now it's time to use vim like a mirror to reveal the message.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Turn this csv list into queries - 189 entries

Transform each line of this csv file into a MySQL-ready INSERT query.

  • Best score: 98
  • Best player score: 127
  • Number of attempts: 3
The name of the game - 587 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment, increment, increment.... - 493 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Counting in binary - 393 entries

"a" represents 0; "A" represents 1. Start from zero and count to 15.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 7
A simple change - 362 entries

Just change the numbers in the most efficient way ...

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 268 entries

"Sort by popularity" is a good order to play the challenges. Not perfect, but you could do a lot worse. ;) Input is a sample copy-pasted from vimgolf.com. Some of the challenge names have digits that will get in your way, so read ":help :sort" for hints on sorting with a regex. When you're done, try your solution on the full list!

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
lamb had a little Mary - 499 entries

"Mary" and "lamb" are swapped. Unswap them. Fast as you can.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 4
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1086 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: 3
Append semicolon after expressions - 880 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reverse characters in a line - 585 entries

You have everything you need, just not in the right order. Mastermind would give you 26 white pegs.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vertical Limit - 2167 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 4
Ninjas Leaderboard - 84 entries

The two lines in "Start file" has an obfuscated email address. Second line give an index (from 1 to 30) to the chars list of the first line, for example, the first char of email (n) is in position 25, second char (i) is in position 19 and s.o.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 1
It's a factor - 75 entries

Flaunt your macro prowess by factoring some numbers. Too hard? It takes less than 30 strokes, I promise.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 7
NATO phonetic alphabet - 407 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 4
Assignment Alignment - 703 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 3
VimGolfNight - 463 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4443 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 330 entries

Someone has vandalized this text file and replaced the beginning character of one word in each line with a Big "X." Please remove the big X's, and fix each line to read "The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog."

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
Round Round - 240 entries

Round Round

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 6
remove dupes from array - 1220 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: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4206 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • 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: 21
  • Number of attempts: 5
Flip the chessboard - 66 entries

White's turn is over. Flip the board to black's perspective. I added coordinates to frustrate you.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 3
Saving the hashes(#) - 1806 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: 6
Reverse Simple Deletion - 721 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2599 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 13
imports alignment (python) - 577 entries

Align as one import per line.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 5
Flodder-challenge - 814 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 3
Change the content of a string - 1250 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
Top X - 181 entries

The End File is the Top 10 Vimgolf Leaderboard at June 29, 2013. This is a second version, with a great contribution of @udioica. X is ten in Roman,a numeric system in ancient Rome

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 7
fib.c cleanup - 56 entries

cleanup the file

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Compile C - 279 entries

You might have to get clever to do this one.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
One number per line - 14126 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple, Practical, and Common - 26748 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: 4
Indentation - 416 entries

Indent each line according to the right number of spaces it needs.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reverse and count - 379 entries

Someone typed things upside down and now a Vim ninja needs to reverse the lines and count how many there are.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 2
Alphabetize the directory - 260 entries

Put the contacts and their information in alphabetical order.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 4
Table Reshuffle - 325 entries

Fix the column order in this table... also append the new 'username' column.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 5
Enumerate words - 223 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 4
Create Leading Zeros - 192 entries

Create leading zeros only for id columns. Please use generic approach!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reformat some Python - 511 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 5
Vim's not included features - 157 entries

Filter not included (-) features in a hypothetical installation of vim.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 5
Get rid of html tags - 315 entries

Want to read more about Vim's background? Then get rid of those html tags...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
Readable Rubyhash - 232 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: 23
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
Pairs of numbers - 325 entries

Line 1 represents x, line 2 y-data. Bring the corresponding pairs in the form "[x,y]\n"

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 5
Split the words - 334 entries

Add the spaces manually if you must, but if you use Vim's spell checking feature wisely, I think you'll save a LARGE number of strokes.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 6
Sorting paragraphs - 443 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 6
SFD-ROC: The Quick Brown Fox - 140 entries

Someone has vandalized our text (again). Please fix to read: The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
Switch function arguments - 1852 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
PEP8 Python Wrapping Comments and Code - 155 entries

According to PEP8, long flowy text and code should have different max line lengths. Code: 79 characters max Long flowy text: 72 characters max

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 2
Interweave two blocks of text - 502 entries

Suppose you've got data on a list of things from multiple sources. They're all in separate chunks, so how might you create a tabular output?

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
HTML to Haml - 731 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 5
Sort and add attributes - 1099 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 4
PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 427 entries

I recently needed to send an e-mail to our marketing department listing allowed merge tags for our MailChimp campaigns. The allowed merge tags were determined from a PHP array in one of our PHP classes. I transformed the PHP class to MailChimp's syntax and sent the e-mail. It was, however, a long, laborious process. I'm still fairly new to Vim and would love to see how an expert Vim user would tackle one of my own, real-world problems. Thanks and have fun!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5569 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 5
Dehamlizing - 155 entries

Change this piece of HAML code back into erb

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 7
The holy-grail may help - 301 entries

Can you find it in less than 20 strokes, Arthur?

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Rotating Philosophers Problem - 358 entries

Can you help the philosophers find a good place to sit before they get five forks and spaghetti?

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 3
Minimalist Limerick - 481 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 3
Permutations N=4 - 55 entries

Could use backtracking or other algorithm to generate sorted numbers. Second chance !

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 82
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fix the Haiku - 247 entries

Change this slightly scrambled haiku to its unscrambled form and fix the capitalisation and punctuation along the way.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 3
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 837 entries

A novice Python using prints Hello World! and a pro shows him different way. Using vim to get into pro style from novice, win the challenge.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 3
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