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Resolve the spreadsheet - 1 entries

Replace the formulas in column C with the resulting values. Divisions by zero result in NaN. Operations with NaN also result in NaN.

Case matching substitution - 16 entries

Swap every "lorem" for "ipsum", keeping the letter cases the same.

Define Gray code states - 11 entries

List the states using Gray code and assign Gray code values to each state.

Hex to binary - 37 entries

Convert hexadecimal numbers into binary format.

Count words - 30 entries

Merge duplicates and count each word.

String decompression - 12 entries

3a4b2c => aaabbbbcc. Start a new line when you exceed 79 columns.

Reverse even lines - 20 entries

Reverse only the even lines without altering the odd lines.

Format a long line - 32 entries

Reformat long lines (gq), textwidth=78, no trailing spaces.

Evil Numbers - 49 entries

Print the first 100 evil numbers This is an advert for

Mirror image - 39 entries

Add the second eye

Find anomalies - 75 entries

There is one special character per line

Coordinate extraction - 46 entries

Get the coordinates of all "M"s from the Vim logo

Morse - 85 entries

Translate Morse code to Text

New teacher - 472 entries

Update the details of the new CS teacher.

Truth Table to ModelSim - 41 entries

Convert this truth table to simulator instructions!

Replace word while reserving first letter case - 425 entries

Window -> Door window -> door Windows -> Windows windows -> windows

months to html list items - 752 entries

Turn the months into list items.

Instance creation in Verilog - 34 entries

Creating an instance of a module is a very frequent task in Verilog. Let's see how efficiently can it be done

Quicksort - 1676 entries

We need the numbers in the first row sorted as quickly as possible! Be careful not to disturb the data below the divider though: that must remain unchanged.

EDN reformat - 1085 entries

The goal is to make the code more readable and concise while maintaining its functionality.

Tic-Tac-Toe Grid Transformation - 326 entries

Your mission is to efficiently convert the original Tic-Tac-Toe grid, represented by 'x's and 'o's, into a neat and well-organized game board.

Pick and sort servers from mirror list - 362 entries

Retrieve the primary server for each country from a mirror list file and organize them alphabetically by country name. Given a mirror list file containing server information for various countries, the objective is to extract the primary server from each country and then arrange these servers in alphabetical order based on the respective country names.

Populate 3D bone names list - 488 entries

Ran into this at work, excited to see how this gets optimized

Remove line numbers - 617 entries


Find fix point of cos - 1169 entries

Write a function to find the fix point of cos. It is not a good code; It is just to use vim. Inspired by the excellent about the Y combinator.

Insert column data on Confluence-style table - 437 entries

Add ip addresses into new "IP" column based on the last digits from the "Server" column

Surround the 'z' character with brackets, quotes, and print as formatted string. - 497 entries

Surround the 'z' character with brackets, quotes, and print as formatted string.

Easier Align - 357 entries

Align the columns of a markdown table

Paste a column after a column - 2367 entries

This task is very common while using multi-cursor. What is the elegant vim way ?

Filter number combinations that don't add to 11 - 379 entries

Append the sum of each line to its end, alongside an equals sign, and remove any that do not sum to 11. The ordering of lines should stay the same. Note that the combinations are semi-arbitrary and not all 4-number combinations are present in the file.

Tabbed Table to Python Array - 646 entries

Not payed by the hour? So make it fast ;-) The table contains the relative occurencies of bigrams (two consecutive letters) in 1/100,000 in the german language, copy-pasted from

HS exam question - 1517 entries

Convert the data to a python dictionary

Reformat symbols in list - 1482 entries

Saw this in some lecture, easy reformatting using multiple cursor in VS Code

Fizzbuzz - 534 entries

type the first 100 lines of the fizzbuzz problem

Substraction (bis) - 580 entries

Solve the equations (adapted from the original @Caek_'s challenge).

Changing around text with citations - 323 entries

Based off of something I saw on reddit

Poorly indented Python comments - 1257 entries

Fix the alignment of some Python comments as quickly as possible.

Many duplicates - 1304 entries

Quick and easy

2 quick changes and a numbered list - 610 entries

The ascii will not be lost, but rather numbered in 4 digit blocks with leading zeros.

delete swap - 1606 entries

delete all swap

Generate a very basic Python constructor (fixed) - 1214 entries

Original by @BiddulphCaleb ( - had some extra spaces in output file.

Fix the shell script! - 2399 entries

Fix the shell script with the fewest keystrokes!

Visual block training - 1041 entries

You see the input. You see the output. Go.

Innocent Monster - 165 entries

You have the tools, just create him!

Put a newline after every 10 lines in vim - 1628 entries

Goal is to put a newline after every 10 lines in vim.

Java to JavaScript - 265 entries

Let convert some simple Java file to JavaScript!

Wikitext headings to markdown - 984 entries

Convert the wikitext headings to markdown.

hello-world-vimgolf - 2411 entries

Simple number generation

Contribute to keyboard mashing - 869 entries

Speak in tongues

Reordering Lorem Ipsum - 265 entries

Who even sorted this?

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