Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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Played Challenges

convert yml into java pojo field - 620 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: 35
  • Number of attempts: 2
ninja substitution - 291 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 1
Box it - 1966 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
Team names - 1402 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
One number per line - 12184 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 24084 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: 2
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 7
Increment each number - 395 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 3
From argument to object - 1054 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Learn some german verbs - 381 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 6
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 358 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: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 11407 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2043 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values inside brackets - 1331 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
That hyphen - 2130 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
replacing each line of a block selection - 2478 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
comment and uncomment code inline - 771 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: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 4514 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 10
multiple cursor alternative - 1034 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: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
Delete to the end of the current line - 390 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
Applying same text modification in several lines - 1483 entries

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

  • Best score: 4
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 3801 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4251 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Flip the bit - 68 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 1299 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 6
One to Ten - 784 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: 3
Just the middle - 8987 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 10861 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9388 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4021 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Copy three lines - 1983 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 2532 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Don't know what this is - 1711 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract argument from function - 1988 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
Adam's challenge - 742 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: 4
Com(m)a Trouble - 1283 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 10290 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: 1
Swap values - 3420 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
move titles next to url, in quotes - 243 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 4
Vice versa - 5806 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 271 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: 44
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 2729 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: 2
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
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