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Played Challenges

Quicksort - 1268 entries

We need the numbers in the first row sorted as quickly as possible! Be careful not to disturb the data below the divider though: that must remain unchanged.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #195 / 278
  • Number of attempts: 1
EDN reformat - 840 entries

The goal is to make the code more readable and concise while maintaining its functionality.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #21 / 120
  • Number of attempts: 11
Pick and sort servers from mirror list - 287 entries

Retrieve the primary server for each country from a mirror list file and organize them alphabetically by country name. Given a mirror list file containing server information for various countries, the objective is to extract the primary server from each country and then arrange these servers in alphabetical order based on the respective country names.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #7 / 64
  • Number of attempts: 7
Populate 3D bone names list - 350 entries

Ran into this at work, excited to see how this gets optimized

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #11 / 92
  • Number of attempts: 10
Remove line numbers - 404 entries

From http://web.archive.org/web/20140831121704/http://dirac.org/linux/gdb/02a-Memory_Layout_And_The_Stack.php#investigatingthestackwithgdb.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #25 / 114
  • Number of attempts: 5
Find fix point of cos - 1016 entries

Write a function to find the fix point of cos. It is not a good code; It is just to use vim. Inspired by the excellent https://mvanier.livejournal.com/2897.html about the Y combinator.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #41 / 296
  • Number of attempts: 3
Insert column data on Confluence-style table - 415 entries

Add ip addresses into new "IP" column based on the last digits from the "Server" column

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #18 / 94
  • Number of attempts: 9
Surround the 'z' character with brackets, quotes, and print as formatted string. - 447 entries

Surround the 'z' character with brackets, quotes, and print as formatted string.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #149 / 247
  • Number of attempts: 3
Easier Align - 257 entries

Align the columns of a markdown table

  • Best score: 57
  • Best player score: 58
  • Position: #5 / 81
  • Number of attempts: 11
Reformat symbols in list - 1411 entries

Saw this in some lecture, easy reformatting using multiple cursor in VS Code

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #52 / 310
  • Number of attempts: 8
Fix the shell script! - 2048 entries

Fix the shell script with the fewest keystrokes!

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #40 / 491
  • Number of attempts: 11
Put a newline after every 10 lines in vim - 1550 entries

Goal is to put a newline after every 10 lines in vim.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #20 / 517
  • Number of attempts: 5
Inverting Lines - 1774 entries

A simple challenge to invert all lines, except the first.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #121 / 481
  • Number of attempts: 2
HS Final exam vimgolf - 852 entries

Change the initial file to a single line containing all names comma-separated with numbers inside parentheses.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #34 / 224
  • Number of attempts: 7
Rural Post - 4346 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #4 / 1064
  • Number of attempts: 5
Yo To Hello - 1105 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #1 / 511
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: #1164 / 7356
  • Number of attempts: 5
Swap values - 4534 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #208 / 1254
  • Number of attempts: 8
One number per line - 18611 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #354 / 3840
  • Number of attempts: 8
Separate the lines - 175 entries

Every other line is mixed up. Separate them into their original texts.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #43 / 89
  • Number of attempts: 1
Unsemantic linewrapping - 888 entries

[Inspired by a blog post I read: https://scott.mn/2014/02/21/semantic_linewrapping/. Text adapted.] Sometimes when editing a Markdown file, I wrap the lines semantically. Instead of inserting a newline at 70 columns (or whatever), or making paragraphs one long line, I put in newlines at a point that seems logical to me. This may seem silly, but it produces better diffs. Semantic linewrapping also makes editing snappier. I can delete, edit or insert sentences easily using linewise operations. Code-oriented text editors like Vim and [REDACTED] are really good at this kind of manipulation. Editing text that hasn't been wrapped semantically is a pain, though:

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #12 / 223
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 4743 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #528 / 1878
  • Number of attempts: 4
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2845 entries

Remove identical text at the beginning of several lines and the closing parenthesis.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #101 / 840
  • Number of attempts: 5
Add semicolons - 10780 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #702 / 3041
  • Number of attempts: 5
multiple cursor alternative - 1474 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: #134 / 376
  • Number of attempts: 6
Every other line - 2886 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #211 / 700
  • Number of attempts: 6
Array propagate - 319 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #64 / 115
  • Number of attempts: 2
Extract argument from function - 2308 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #220 / 742
  • Number of attempts: 6
Search and Replace 0 - 4785 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #555 / 1584
  • Number of attempts: 4
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 538 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/9fvsro/what_is_the_most_efficient_way_to_go_about/

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #23 / 127
  • Number of attempts: 16
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: #34 / 162
  • Number of attempts: 4
That hyphen - 2554 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #196 / 694
  • Number of attempts: 6
Just the middle - 11345 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1041 / 4159
  • Number of attempts: 7
Team names - 1805 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #49 / 581
  • Number of attempts: 6
Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 257 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #16 / 138
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: #16 / 36
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 15
  • Position: #14 / 208
  • Number of attempts: 7
Basic renumbering - 5576 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #88 / 1255
  • Number of attempts: 6
create arrows in a list - 100 entries

Add arrow at same distance

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #52 / 69
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 20
  • Position: #3 / 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Create a table - 325 entries

Convert the given input into a formatted table

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #32 / 104
  • Number of attempts: 7
Vice versa - 7761 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #339 / 2093
  • Number of attempts: 5
Build a six - 272 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #4 / 92
  • Number of attempts: 3
Put the months in order - 932 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #42 / 158
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array transposition - 2378 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #193 / 443
  • Number of attempts: 9
convert yml into java pojo field - 829 entries

How fast vim can create fields for java pojo i.e class declaration referring to a (simple) yml file

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #44 / 223
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple format (2) - 334 entries

try again!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #32 / 69
  • Number of attempts: 5
Collect List - 4260 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #340 / 1184
  • Number of attempts: 6
Space out the alphabet - 1627 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #90 / 440
  • Number of attempts: 7
I forgot quotes - 15918 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #662 / 4158
  • Number of attempts: 6
Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 226 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #9 / 99
  • Number of attempts: 4
Don't know what this is - 1978 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: 12
  • Position: #219 / 578
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10614 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1200 / 3661
  • Number of attempts: 3
quotes inside quotes - 3121 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: #307 / 1070
  • Number of attempts: 4
ASCII-art Histogram - 310 entries

Create an ASCCI-art histogram for the given numbers. Make sure not to leave trailing whitespaces. Thanks to VimGolf I recently discovered a feature of Vim thAT blew my mind. I'm curious to see what real ninjas make of it ;-)

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 47
  • Position: #35 / 55
  • Number of attempts: 5
Vertical Limit - 2426 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #678 / 733
  • Number of attempts: 1
Generate English Alphabets - 459 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #16 / 198
  • Number of attempts: 3
Numbering a List - 1854 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #38 / 638
  • Number of attempts: 9
Simple text editing with Vim - 12203 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #505 / 3559
  • Number of attempts: 4
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