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Played Challenges

Hail to Alekseï Pajitnov - 23 entries

Wanna play tetris? Don't panic, it's quite long but there's no piece rotation. Little advice: source the file, Luke!

  • Best score: 51
  • Best player score: 75
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 832 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: 6
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5485 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 5
Sort and add attributes - 1082 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 3
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 285 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: 30
  • Number of attempts: 12
C Reformatting - 638 entries

You may use Visual mode... or not. #uppercase

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 13
Exchanging Quotes - 759 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 12
convert yml into java pojo field - 639 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: 10
Simple format (2) - 224 entries

try again!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 3
Replace and keep the case - 342 entries

Replace all instance of plugin and Plugin to device and Device.

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 5
Make it more readable - 1755 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 8
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1291 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 3
camel riding - 686 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 10388 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: 6
Com(m)a Trouble - 1699 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
switch variable - 4302 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
Vice versa - 5908 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 12
Numbering a List - 1728 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 11
  • Number of attempts: 11
Gray area - 634 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values - 3516 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 7
Saving the hashes(#) - 1740 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: 20
  • Number of attempts: 9
The name of the game - 582 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2513 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 14
Search and Replace 0 - 4096 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
The Cake is a Lie - 1119 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Space out the alphabet - 1363 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 8
Switch function arguments - 1835 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 5
Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 202 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array Transposition - 140 entries

Transpose four arrays into two.

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 9
Count both ways - 864 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple addition - 233 entries

The right side of the equation is already there. We just need the left one now.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9487 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 9169 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 5
Mirror Symmetry - 699 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 6
simple format (3) - 37 entries

reverse two column values!

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 57
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make HTML List - 886 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 10
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1069 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: 2
Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 725 entries

convert an ugly spreadsheet copy/paste into a CSV format.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 15
V to the i - 3909 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 4
Delete to the end of the current line - 450 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 1
A Simple One - 840 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: 2
That hyphen - 2183 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 5
Condensed Cases - 692 entries

Apple's new programming language, Swift, allows two style of case statements: 1) one Enum case on each line, or 2) multiple Enum cases on a single line. Convert the following from the first case (no pun intended) to the second type.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 5
I forgot quotes - 11724 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 9
comments galore - 905 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 2
Paragraph breaks - 402 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
unknown command - 110 entries

I want change 5 words

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 1
Append semicolon after expressions - 855 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
Where should I put the Newline? - 796 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 909 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 4
Change the content of a string - 1234 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 5
Swap values inside brackets - 1449 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 7
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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 4
Stairstep digits - 217 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 6
From argument to object - 1085 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: 5
One to Ten - 911 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: 2
Combines all items - 239 entries

For each line that starts with the same number I want to combine its contents

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
multiple cursor alternative - 1062 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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 13
comment and uncomment code inline - 797 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: 7
Order and join - 748 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 7
Collect List - 3467 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 10
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 380 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: 2
Mute the second method of this script - 411 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 3
From A to B - 493 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: 4
Split line with dots - 1826 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1024 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: 20
  • Number of attempts: 6
Remove noise from HTTP log - 603 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: 7
Create a table - 243 entries

Convert the given input into a formatted table

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 4
Shebangs for all - 1593 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: 11
  • Number of attempts: 5
Array transposition - 1591 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 8
-a-b-c- - 2570 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
Applying same text modification in several lines - 1626 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 717 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
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 1549 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract argument from function - 2000 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
Copy three lines - 2037 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 14
Todo list specification - 293 entries

The every item on the todo list must be done today. Modify the list to reflect that.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 1
Every other line - 2091 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 7
Words in parens - 11011 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 9
quotes inside quotes - 2778 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: 5
Generate a list of numbers - 249 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 7
Paragraph sort - 322 entries

My large herbivorous mammals, Vim commands, and POSIX utilities need to be sorted separately.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 6
Fix the XML - 866 entries

The challenge consists in having a valid xml from an incomplete source.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 12
Interactive git rebase changing commands - 151 entries

How to change the action of some commits in git rebase dialog.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Make Fancy Header - 912 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
Text to HTML Table - 143 entries

Turn the plain text table to an HTML table.

  • Best score: 52
  • Best player score: 69
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 4579 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 15
Wrap text in quotes - 286 entries

All the blocks of text should be wrapped in quotation marks.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 6
Letter case trickery - 1433 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: 9
  • Number of attempts: 11
Alsa configuration - 466 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 9
Put the months in order - 417 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 21
Missing Library and a Typo - 680 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: 7
Vertical Limit - 2111 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 6
Team names - 1438 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 8
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2541 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 13
Mess in revision history - 976 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 14
Adam's challenge - 776 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: 6
Nesting SASS - 220 entries

Move a block inside another block and indent it

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 8
attr_aligner - 2992 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 20
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1016 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 7
Scrambled numbers - 724 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 5
Don't know what this is - 1737 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: 11
  • Number of attempts: 5
remove dupes from array - 1195 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: 21
  • Number of attempts: 6
Learn some german verbs - 384 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: 16
simple format - 2817 entries

make it look better.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 12718 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 17
Simple, Practical, and Common - 24959 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
Flodder-challenge - 807 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 7
Two become one - 675 entries

We have two c arrays and want to make one two dimensional out of it. Can we do that?

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 8
Array propagate - 234 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 5

Contributed Challenges

Simple format (2) - 224 entries

try again!

simple format (3) - 37 entries

reverse two column values!

simple format - 2817 entries

make it look better.

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contributed 3 challenges