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HS exam question - 1420 entries

Convert the data to a python dictionary

  • Best score: 47
  • Best player score: 56
  • Position: #72 / 382
  • Number of attempts: 4
Rural Post - 4350 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #487 / 1065
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 33343 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: #1227 / 7356
  • Number of attempts: 15
Swap values - 4534 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #196 / 1254
  • Number of attempts: 7
prepend * to every non-blank line - 6196 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #638 / 1513
  • Number of attempts: 8
One number per line - 18611 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #864 / 3840
  • Number of attempts: 11
V to the i - 4743 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #527 / 1878
  • Number of attempts: 5
Add semicolons - 10783 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1621 / 3042
  • Number of attempts: 3
Split line with dots - 2124 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #429 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3528 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #119 / 1142
  • Number of attempts: 2
From argument to object - 1469 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: 18
  • Position: #223 / 449
  • Number of attempts: 2
Copy three lines - 2839 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #319 / 634
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array propagate - 319 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #47 / 115
  • Number of attempts: 2
Number Sort - 303 entries

sort the list of newline-separated numbers incrementally. Numbers are in the range 1 to 1000, with 500 missing

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #18 / 162
  • Number of attempts: 3
comment and uncomment code inline - 1065 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: #73 / 313
  • Number of attempts: 6
Flip the bit - 119 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #45 / 70
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 11345 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2555 / 4159
  • Number of attempts: 3
Team names - 1805 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #405 / 581
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: #137 / 176
  • Number of attempts: 1
Back to the roots - 52 entries

Johnny has a file with more integers. He wants to change each number with its square root. Can you help him?

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #8 / 36
  • Number of attempts: 1
Missing Library and a Typo - 846 entries

I forgot to add a c library, please add it for me. Also I'm bad at typing so fix my typo too.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #62 / 208
  • Number of attempts: 4
Basic renumbering - 5576 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #682 / 1255
  • Number of attempts: 2
Adam's challenge - 950 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: #51 / 265
  • Number of attempts: 5
sort python functions and methods alphabetically - 22 entries

* sort functions in the python file alphabetically * sort functions within a Class alphabetically * sort Classes alphabetically

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #9 / 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 13
  • Position: #96 / 287
  • Number of attempts: 4
One to Ten - 2159 entries

Generate the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10, one number per line. Inspired by this Reddit thread: https://redd.it/ak4it2

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #51 / 660
  • Number of attempts: 3
Increment each number - 977 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #152 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 5
Array transposition - 2378 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #87 / 443
  • Number of attempts: 10
Collect List - 4260 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #338 / 1184
  • Number of attempts: 8
Condensed Cases - 777 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: 15
  • Position: #167 / 240
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15918 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #3468 / 4158
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 3169 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #666 / 1126
  • Number of attempts: 2
Gray area - 724 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #177 / 267
  • Number of attempts: 3
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1120 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #277 / 293
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split the words - 356 entries

Add the spaces manually if you must, but if you use Vim's spell checking feature wisely, I think you'll save a LARGE number of strokes.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #34 / 108
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10615 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2244 / 3662
  • Number of attempts: 6
Letter case trickery - 1594 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: 11
  • Position: #283 / 511
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 12848 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1619 / 3943
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 5026 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #923 / 1733
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make it more readable - 1950 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #298 / 639
  • Number of attempts: 5
Simple text editing with Vim - 12205 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 / 3561
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6500 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #455 / 1599
  • Number of attempts: 2
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