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Simple, Practical, and Common - 33420 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
  • Position: #2905 / 7375
  • Number of attempts: 1
Wget failed to download redirections - 184 entries

Output of a wget session, where 302 where not properly handled due to certificate problems, has been saved to a file. Keep the correct URLs to start again downloading.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #37 / 63
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4813 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1169 / 1593
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 11367 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1723 / 4166
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5591 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #631 / 1258
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap assigned value - 626 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #74 / 250
  • Number of attempts: 2
VimGolfNight - 536 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #210 / 343
  • Number of attempts: 1
Interleave lines - 158 entries

This is some kind of « paste -d'\n' c b a ». There are many ways to achieve this.. just find the shortest!

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #29 / 58
  • Number of attempts: 1
Logging with key - 301 entries

Sometimes it is better to log with meaningful key

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #44 / 86
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fix the XML - 997 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #114 / 285
  • Number of attempts: 1
Condensed Cases - 788 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: 14
  • Position: #133 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 1
-a-b-c- - 3177 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #781 / 1130
  • Number of attempts: 1
Count both ways - 1001 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #211 / 351
  • Number of attempts: 1
Lisp Condense - 440 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #94 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 1
Don't know what this is - 1987 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: 15
  • Position: #395 / 579
  • Number of attempts: 1
Where should I put the Newline? - 865 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #343 / 432
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shuffle puzzle - 326 entries

Sort the lines in each indent group, and sort the groups. That's the pattern. Or just move lines around manually to get a better score.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #62 / 102
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letter case trickery - 1597 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: 12
  • Position: #335 / 513
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 3125 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: 16
  • Position: #606 / 1072
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12863 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2198 / 3948
  • Number of attempts: 1
Pairs of numbers - 360 entries

Line 1 represents x, line 2 y-data. Bring the corresponding pairs in the form "[x,y]\n"

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #47 / 133
  • Number of attempts: 1
NATO phonetic alphabet - 501 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #116 / 191
  • Number of attempts: 1
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1583 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #215 / 440
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2479 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #464 / 744
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2947 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #626 / 768
  • Number of attempts: 1
Switch function arguments - 2082 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #392 / 652
  • Number of attempts: 1
Append semicolon after expressions - 1015 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #330 / 407
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 5041 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #1158 / 1738
  • Number of attempts: 1
The meaning - 559 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #247 / 357
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make it more readable - 1952 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #392 / 640
  • Number of attempts: 1
PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 507 entries

I recently needed to send an e-mail to our marketing department listing allowed merge tags for our MailChimp campaigns. The allowed merge tags were determined from a PHP array in one of our PHP classes. I transformed the PHP class to MailChimp's syntax and sent the e-mail. It was, however, a long, laborious process. I'm still fairly new to Vim and would love to see how an expert Vim user would tackle one of my own, real-world problems. Thanks and have fun!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #85 / 148
  • Number of attempts: 1
Numbering a List - 1860 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #329 / 640
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reverse Simple Deletion - 832 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #27 / 454
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reverse characters in a line - 724 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: 14
  • Position: #98 / 255
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1495 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #152 / 563
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 12360 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1388 / 3599
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6660 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #365 / 1634
  • Number of attempts: 1
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