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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 33483 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: 25
  • Position: #3214 / 7384
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values - 4554 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #7 / 1259
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 18673 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #139 / 3852
  • Number of attempts: 9
V to the i - 4771 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #328 / 1887
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add semicolons - 10831 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #462 / 3055
  • Number of attempts: 2
From argument to object - 1481 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
  • Position: #12 / 453
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2902 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #146 / 702
  • Number of attempts: 3
Extract argument from function - 2337 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #153 / 750
  • Number of attempts: 4
Search and Replace 0 - 4851 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #423 / 1604
  • Number of attempts: 8
That hyphen - 2572 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #112 / 698
  • Number of attempts: 5
comment and uncomment code inline - 1074 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
  • Position: #33 / 316
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 11380 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #571 / 4174
  • Number of attempts: 8
Make HTML List - 1050 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #111 / 273
  • Number of attempts: 1
Stairstep digits - 383 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #18 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5605 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #437 / 1260
  • Number of attempts: 10
create arrows in a list - 106 entries

Add arrow at same distance

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #30 / 71
  • Number of attempts: 1
Adam's challenge - 958 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
  • Position: #28 / 267
  • Number of attempts: 4
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 841 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
  • Position: #76 / 288
  • Number of attempts: 3
Combines all items - 307 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #14 / 139
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 7865 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #298 / 2114
  • Number of attempts: 4
Free hyphen! - 165 entries

Just like "Inner hyphens", but I'm giving you a free hyphen to play with. Will your solution be any different?

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #11 / 88
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sorting a glossary - 127 entries

Sort a glossary. Glossary head contains a header phrase ending with ':' and glossary body has multi line text indented with a tab.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #29 / 80
  • Number of attempts: 1
Order and join - 965 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #5 / 258
  • Number of attempts: 3
Paragraph breaks - 509 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #21 / 166
  • Number of attempts: 3
comments galore - 1017 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #126 / 421
  • Number of attempts: 2
lipsum lines - 255 entries

Convert a quoted block of text into strings in a list.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #46 / 93
  • Number of attempts: 2
Angular naming conventions - 307 entries

In angular, a directive name follows the camelCase convention. When the directive is used in an HTML template, the words are instead separated by a dash. Go from to the other the fastest!

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #31 / 117
  • Number of attempts: 6
Replace and keep the case - 415 entries

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

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #25 / 117
  • Number of attempts: 4
Align commas - 1063 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
  • Position: #23 / 243
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mirror Symmetry - 811 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #53 / 268
  • Number of attempts: 7
From A to B - 575 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #10 / 157
  • Number of attempts: 6
Collect List - 4267 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #205 / 1188
  • Number of attempts: 3
swap or reverse - 118 entries

Try to swap or reverse the line as needed.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #46 / 68
  • Number of attempts: 1
Space out the alphabet - 1630 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #48 / 442
  • Number of attempts: 6
Fix the XML - 1000 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #134 / 287
  • Number of attempts: 4
Winning streak - 125 entries

Make the number on each line equal the consecutive L's or W's.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #36 / 50
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15946 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #398 / 4166
  • Number of attempts: 6
-a-b-c- - 3183 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #150 / 1132
  • Number of attempts: 3
Gray area - 745 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #87 / 270
  • Number of attempts: 2
Don't know what this is - 1996 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
  • Position: #62 / 581
  • Number of attempts: 6
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10652 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1179 / 3677
  • Number of attempts: 3
quotes inside quotes - 3128 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
  • Position: #225 / 1073
  • Number of attempts: 5
Words in parens - 12868 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #3088 / 3950
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2487 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #363 / 748
  • Number of attempts: 3
replacing each line of a block selection - 2966 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #107 / 772
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 5045 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #395 / 1742
  • Number of attempts: 3
Make it more readable - 1955 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #73 / 643
  • Number of attempts: 4
Numbering a List - 1867 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #336 / 645
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 12481 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #401 / 3624
  • Number of attempts: 4
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