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Played Challenges

82 bottles of beer on the wall - 243 entries

Take them down. (sorry, only 82 bottles because the problem size is limited!)

  • Best score: 107
  • Best player score: 119
  • Number of attempts: 2
Java Array2List - 214 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

  • Best score: 67
  • Best player score: 87
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remember FizzBuzz? - 531 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 62
  • Number of attempts: 1
PHP <--> Java class conversion Part 1 - 178 entries

Convert this tiny php class to adequate java one.

  • Best score: 65
  • Best player score: 83
  • Number of attempts: 2
expand a list comprehension (python) - 240 entries

Please show your way to convert a list comprehension in python to an ordinary for-loop expression!

  • Best score: 42
  • Best player score: 56
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5485 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 53
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat some Python - 511 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 51
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 46
  • Number of attempts: 1
Cleanining up 80 column concatenated text - 184 entries

1. Put the whole query on one line, remove the concatenation operators 2. Remove the double spaces that appear a few times in the query 3. Use string-interpolated variable statementPid rather than the ugly concatenation

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 44
  • Number of attempts: 2
Turn this csv list into queries - 182 entries

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

  • Best score: 98
  • Best player score: 134
  • Number of attempts: 1
HTML to Haml - 719 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 44
  • Number of attempts: 1
Indentation - 416 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 44
  • Number of attempts: 1
Word Blender - 118 entries

The insides of long words seem to have been run through the blender. Can you fix this famous tale, brave knight?

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 71
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 40
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 39
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add fold markers to a .c file - 441 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 2
Python to Ruby - 188 entries

Convert this Python code to Ruby. NOTE: This program likely won't run.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 2
Flodder-challenge - 807 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 2
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2541 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 1
Multiplication table. - 171 entries

Create a multiplication table.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 78
  • Number of attempts: 3
Alphabetize the directory - 252 entries

Put the contacts and their information in alphabetical order.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 1
Calculate the table totals - 105 entries

Go ahead... commit the treachery of using vim as a spreadsheet.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 32
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sorting paragraphs - 443 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 3
The holy-grail may help - 301 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • 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: 43
  • Number of attempts: 2
Shuffle and Sort - 171 entries

The values where sorted incorrectly. Get them back to how they are supposed to be

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Happy New Year! - 129 entries

This is a simple new year's challenge.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 2
Line Zipper - 396 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Assignment Alignment - 695 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat most common surnames - 520 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 51
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context Insensitive completion 1 - 394 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context insensitive completion 0 - 444 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: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remove semicolons after expressions - 451 entries

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

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 3
Before there was Farmville... - 91 entries

There was old MacDonald. For my toddler. The first Vim sing-a-long?

  • Best score: 156
  • Best player score: 216
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1234 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Switch function arguments - 1835 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Table Reshuffle - 325 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 40
  • Number of attempts: 3
Interweave two blocks of text - 486 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: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4096 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 486 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
Solve the Sokoban - 158 entries

A wink for all Vimgolfers that play Nethack too.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort the cardinal numbers - 215 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Insert a Markdown link - 385 entries

Put a link in a markdown document, using the after-the-paragraph format.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 6
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: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Almost encrypted - 165 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • 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: 1
Generate English Alphabets - 400 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 2
Increment, increment, increment.... - 488 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reverse Simple Deletion - 710 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1119 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 3
Hatsuyume - 365 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reverse characters in a line - 575 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: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort entries based on date - 304 entries

Sort some entries in a Ledger-file based on date.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
imports alignment (python) - 577 entries

Align as one import per line.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 3
Numbering a List - 1728 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 3
Reformat long lines - 316 entries

Rearrange this ruby method call to put each parameter on its own line. Could become a useful macro.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 4
Case preserving word replacement - 385 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: 3
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: 20
  • Number of attempts: 3
Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 196 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 5
Compile C - 278 entries

You might have to get clever to do this one.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Complete the hex array data (Part II) - 123 entries

Do not use external tools(e.g. tac, seq) [My interpretation of Rule #7]

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 200 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letters are numbers - 123 entries

Letters and numbers are interchangeable. A lot of programming languages give you simple ways to convert individual letters to hex, binary and decimal but does Vim?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 2
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 - 128 entries

Somebody's got this slightly muddled up. See how quickly you can fix it. (I made this to experiment with buffers. I'm not actually sure whether this is faster with buffers or without.)

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make Fancy Header - 912 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Cartesian product - 201 entries

{1,2,3,4,5} X {1,2,3,4,5}

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 4
Recursively Palindrome - 220 entries

Note that there are 2^6-1 characters.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
Braces or Brackets? - 626 entries

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

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 53
  • Number of attempts: 1
Complete the hex array data - 174 entries

Do not use external tools(e.g. tac, seq) [My interpretation of Rule #7]

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 29
  • Number of attempts: 3
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