Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

Pick a challenge, fire up Vim, and show us what you got.

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$ gem install vimgolf
$ vimgolf setup
$ vimgolf put [challenge ID]

Played Challenges

Copy three lines - 2483 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
Swap values - 4202 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 5
From argument to object - 1221 entries

This task typifies those programmers endure while coding. This C-family pseudocode needs a function argument to be repurposed as an object call. Simply search and replace? Repeat a pattern of edits?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Extract argument from function - 2134 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Order and join - 811 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 4666 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Collect List - 3932 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Words in parens - 12103 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 6936 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 8
One number per line - 16700 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 7
multiple cursor alternative - 1359 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: 3
Simple, Practical, and Common - 30443 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: 24
  • Number of attempts: 8
Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 213 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
Search and Replace 0 - 4449 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10151 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
V to the i - 4385 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5167 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 11
comment and uncomment code inline - 945 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: 6
Simple text editing with Vim - 11067 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 7
-a-b-c- - 2906 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
Just the middle - 10467 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 14516 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 7
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 762 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: 6
Space out the alphabet - 1479 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 8
Adam's challenge - 889 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: 7
Every other line - 2528 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 7
increment by column in XML - 140 entries

modify an arbitrary "column" in an xml table by incrementing a an arbitrary placeholder string

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 5
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