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Generate a very basic Python constructor (fixed) - 1155 entries

Original by @BiddulphCaleb (http://www.vimgolf.com/challenges/6019f1c4642668000cee11e8) - had some extra spaces in output file.

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #77 / 243
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fill in the chess board - 886 entries

Fill in the name of each square using its file (a-h) and rank (1-8).

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #52 / 173
  • Number of attempts: 5
Lowercase first characters - 455 entries

This is the (abridged) input for Day 3 in Advent of Code 2019. The output is a format more suitable for Prolog programming: the two lines of input become two lists of pairs, joined together in a wires functor.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #11 / 170
  • Number of attempts: 3
Increment number for every 10 lines - 212 entries

The file consists of 2 columns (code and percentage). We need to add 2 more columns with increasing number for 4th column (Xcols) and increment 3rd column (Ycols) only for every 10 lines with reset of 4th column

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #1 / 58
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: #1264 / 7356
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values - 4534 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #588 / 1254
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 18611 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #387 / 3840
  • Number of attempts: 6
V to the i - 4743 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1275 / 1878
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 2124 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #132 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: #137 / 376
  • 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: #225 / 449
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2886 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #220 / 700
  • Number of attempts: 5
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: 13
  • Position: #88 / 634
  • 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: 23
  • Position: #6 / 115
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: 14
  • Position: #349 / 742
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4785 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #843 / 1584
  • Number of attempts: 3
comment and uncomment code inline - 1060 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: 10
  • Position: #178 / 312
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11345 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2596 / 4159
  • Number of attempts: 1
Team names - 1805 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #112 / 581
  • Number of attempts: 2
Learn some german verbs - 531 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #16 / 131
  • Number of attempts: 2
Subnetting - 111 entries

Split up the IP addresses in the right way.

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #27 / 36
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 257 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #22 / 138
  • 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: #66 / 208
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5576 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #98 / 1255
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 19
  • Position: #114 / 265
  • 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: 13
  • Position: #106 / 287
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 7761 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #787 / 2093
  • Number of attempts: 4
Order and join - 948 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #115 / 254
  • Number of attempts: 2
Collect List - 4260 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #351 / 1184
  • Number of attempts: 3
Space out the alphabet - 1627 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #195 / 440
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15918 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #706 / 4158
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: #213 / 578
  • Number of attempts: 4
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10614 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2267 / 3661
  • Number of attempts: 2
attr_aligner - 3444 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #209 / 692
  • Number of attempts: 5
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: 15
  • Position: #474 / 1070
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 12848 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2409 / 3943
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2426 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #162 / 733
  • Number of attempts: 3
replacing each line of a block selection - 2923 entries

replace each line's ../assets/js with /javascripts

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #193 / 763
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 5026 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #928 / 1733
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 14
  • Position: #1616 / 3559
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6499 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #1001 / 1599
  • Number of attempts: 2
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