Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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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: 28
  • Position: #4240 / 7384
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap values - 4554 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #887 / 1259
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 18673 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #2681 / 3852
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 4771 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1253 / 1887
  • Number of attempts: 5
Split line with dots - 2131 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #301 / 633
  • Number of attempts: 1
multiple cursor alternative - 1488 entries

from: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/6w5pfa/crosspost_from_remacs_how_would_you_do_this_in_vim/

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #20 / 378
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: #57 / 453
  • Number of attempts: 6
Every other line - 2901 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #397 / 702
  • Number of attempts: 5
Copy three lines - 2869 entries

If the site is up (by some miracle), make the text under every header identical.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #225 / 639
  • Number of attempts: 6
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: 14
  • Position: #352 / 750
  • Number of attempts: 2
That hyphen - 2572 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #166 / 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: #68 / 316
  • Number of attempts: 4
Just the middle - 11380 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2516 / 4174
  • Number of attempts: 3
Todo list specification - 389 entries

The every item on the todo list must be done today. Modify the list to reflect that.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #52 / 178
  • Number of attempts: 2
Stairstep digits - 382 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #99 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 7
Basic renumbering - 5605 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #82 / 1260
  • Number of attempts: 12
Simple addition - 311 entries

The right side of the equation is already there. We just need the left one now.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #29 / 118
  • 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: 14
  • Position: #178 / 288
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7864 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #313 / 2114
  • Number of attempts: 5
Scrambled numbers - 780 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #26 / 183
  • Number of attempts: 7
Array transposition - 2406 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #80 / 445
  • Number of attempts: 6
Collect List - 4267 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #654 / 1188
  • Number of attempts: 6
Space out the alphabet - 1630 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #266 / 442
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15946 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #631 / 4166
  • Number of attempts: 7
-a-b-c- - 3183 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #214 / 1132
  • Number of attempts: 6
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10652 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2221 / 3677
  • Number of attempts: 3
attr_aligner - 3454 entries

Two attr keywords. Two separate indentations. Align the colons.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #228 / 695
  • Number of attempts: 5
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: 15
  • Position: #475 / 1073
  • Number of attempts: 5
Flip the chessboard - 79 entries

White's turn is over. Flip the board to black's perspective. I added coordinates to frustrate you.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #22 / 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vertical Limit - 2487 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #64 / 748
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 5045 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #484 / 1742
  • Number of attempts: 4
Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 263 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #88 / 98
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 12473 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1596 / 3622
  • Number of attempts: 1
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