Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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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: 29
  • Position: #4679 / 7375
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values - 4548 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #582 / 1258
  • Number of attempts: 4
One number per line - 18638 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #1139 / 3848
  • Number of attempts: 8
Split line with dots - 2127 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #419 / 631
  • Number of attempts: 1
From argument to object - 1480 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: 24
  • Position: #410 / 452
  • 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: #1191 / 1593
  • Number of attempts: 3
comment and uncomment code inline - 1071 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: #39 / 315
  • Number of attempts: 6
Just the middle - 11367 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #919 / 4166
  • Number of attempts: 6
Vice versa - 7813 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #1555 / 2106
  • Number of attempts: 2
Paragraph breaks - 509 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #161 / 166
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15935 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #2173 / 4163
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10637 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2195 / 3671
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 22
  • Position: #1026 / 1072
  • Number of attempts: 1
Meriadec Pillet
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JS. C. UNIX. Command line monk. Vim priest. I like mountains. JS Dev @mailjet

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