Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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$ vimgolf put [challenge ID]

Played Challenges

Modernise code - 1350 entries

Modernise and clean up some C++ code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 44
  • Position: #158 / 311
  • Number of attempts: 2
swap number pairs - 2021 entries

Swap the numbers in a bunch of 2-element arrays.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #180 / 372
  • Number of attempts: 7
Rural Post - 4405 entries

Simple challenge to remove all but the post code on each line

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #597 / 1082
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 22
  • Position: #1053 / 7375
  • Number of attempts: 12
Swap values - 4548 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #1104 / 1258
  • Number of attempts: 1
prepend * to every non-blank line - 6248 entries

Prepend an asterisk to every non-blank line in the input file.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #975 / 1526
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 18638 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #1728 / 3848
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap values inside brackets - 2465 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #464 / 570
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add semicolons - 10806 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #2052 / 3049
  • Number of attempts: 2
Split line with dots - 2127 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #486 / 631
  • Number of attempts: 1
multiple cursor alternative - 1487 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: 20
  • Position: #116 / 377
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 21
  • Position: #366 / 452
  • Number of attempts: 1
Every other line - 2901 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #485 / 702
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 12
  • Position: #242 / 315
  • Number of attempts: 4
Just the middle - 11367 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2505 / 4166
  • Number of attempts: 2
Todo list specification - 385 entries

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

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #131 / 176
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5591 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #678 / 1258
  • Number of attempts: 1
Interactive git rebase changing commands - 161 entries

How to change the action of some commits in git rebase dialog.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #27 / 77
  • Number of attempts: 4
Adam's challenge - 957 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: 22
  • Position: #178 / 266
  • Number of attempts: 4
Create a table - 331 entries

Convert the given input into a formatted table

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #86 / 105
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 840 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: 16
  • Position: #198 / 287
  • Number of attempts: 2
ninja substitution - 1378 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #143 / 262
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array transposition - 2406 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #357 / 445
  • Number of attempts: 4
Collect List - 4266 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #575 / 1187
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15935 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #3217 / 4163
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10637 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2222 / 3671
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12863 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1603 / 3948
  • Number of attempts: 5
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: #1586 / 3599
  • Number of attempts: 2
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