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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 33385 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: 26
  • Position: #3569 / 7364
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values - 4543 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #748 / 1257
  • Number of attempts: 4
One number per line - 18616 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #1796 / 3842
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values inside brackets - 2464 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #169 / 569
  • Number of attempts: 6
V to the i - 4751 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1347 / 1879
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 14
  • Position: #352 / 840
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap the operands under comparison - 270 entries

Swap the operands under comparison to prevent null pointer exception (at least in java)

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #54 / 98
  • Number of attempts: 3
Split line with dots - 2125 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #303 / 630
  • Number of attempts: 4
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3537 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #557 / 1144
  • Number of attempts: 3
Com(m)a Trouble - 3668 entries

Someone was real stupid when placing his commas. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #449 / 826
  • 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: 21
  • Position: #214 / 376
  • Number of attempts: 8
Every other line - 2886 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #349 / 700
  • Number of attempts: 8
Copy three lines - 2840 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #333 / 635
  • Number of attempts: 9
Array propagate - 319 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #48 / 115
  • Number of attempts: 5
Extract argument from function - 2314 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #457 / 744
  • Number of attempts: 3
Search and Replace 0 - 4790 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #556 / 1585
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: 35
  • Position: #61 / 127
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: #99 / 162
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2556 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #250 / 695
  • Number of attempts: 14
comment and uncomment code inline - 1069 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: #191 / 314
  • Number of attempts: 4
Just the middle - 11360 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2655 / 4164
  • Number of attempts: 1
Team names - 1805 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #382 / 581
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: 32
  • Position: #114 / 131
  • Number of attempts: 6
Missing Library and a Typo - 856 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: #80 / 209
  • Number of attempts: 6
Basic renumbering - 5587 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #154 / 1258
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: #189 / 266
  • Number of attempts: 6
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: #125 / 287
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add to end of each line... kinda - 325 entries

Visual-block mode can be used to add something to the end of each line, even if they are of differing lengths. However, what if it's not quite at the end?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #147 / 171
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7803 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1357 / 2100
  • Number of attempts: 3
Order and join - 956 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #168 / 255
  • Number of attempts: 4
comments galore - 998 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #272 / 418
  • Number of attempts: 4
Scrambled numbers - 779 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #100 / 182
  • Number of attempts: 8
Align commas - 1049 entries

There are 15,000 aligning challenges on vimgolf.com, and they're all exactly the same. I hope this one is a little different.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #139 / 241
  • Number of attempts: 6
Python challenge - 147 entries

Change the types of the variables in the list from str to float, while keeping the truncation.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #21 / 44
  • Number of attempts: 6
One to Ten - 2165 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: #44 / 662
  • Number of attempts: 6
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 639 entries

Change the middle part of the function name in multiple places, preferably using the next and dot commands.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #91 / 203
  • Number of attempts: 4
Build a six - 272 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #13 / 92
  • Number of attempts: 2
Increment each number - 977 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #121 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 8
Delete to the end of the current line - 784 entries

Delete to the end of the current line, but keep the character under the cursor.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #82 / 384
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 36
  • Position: #66 / 158
  • Number of attempts: 10
move titles next to url, in quotes - 504 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #79 / 135
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array transposition - 2378 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #254 / 443
  • Number of attempts: 11
unknown command - 158 entries

I want change 5 words

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #39 / 83
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple format (2) - 334 entries

try again!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #35 / 69
  • Number of attempts: 6
Collect List - 4264 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #596 / 1186
  • Number of attempts: 6
Space out the alphabet - 1627 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #267 / 440
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15931 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #2963 / 4161
  • Number of attempts: 1
-a-b-c- - 3176 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #694 / 1129
  • 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: 16
  • Position: #528 / 578
  • Number of attempts: 4
attr_aligner - 3444 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #244 / 692
  • Number of attempts: 5
quotes inside quotes - 3125 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: #308 / 1072
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12854 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #2969 / 3945
  • Number of attempts: 5
Santa's naughty / nice list - 78 entries

Christmas is here and Santa hasn't decided who's naughty or nice yet. He's given a list of names to his programmer friend to quickly split the children into naughty and nice. Hint: There's a hidden pattern that might be familiar.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 57
  • Position: #19 / 24
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array Transposition - 177 entries

Transpose four arrays into two.

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 45
  • Position: #32 / 53
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vertical Limit - 2437 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #167 / 736
  • Number of attempts: 9
replacing each line of a block selection - 2946 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #278 / 767
  • Number of attempts: 3
Switch function arguments - 2078 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #308 / 651
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 5031 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #540 / 1735
  • Number of attempts: 4
Getters & Setters: Java - 205 entries

Boilerplate getters & setters - it's a tedious fact of life in Java, and probably the only thing that still pulls me back to an IDE. Perhaps someone knows a fast, pure vim way...

  • Best score: 89
  • Best player score: 119
  • Position: #29 / 56
  • Number of attempts: 12
Simple text editing with Vim - 12281 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1701 / 3580
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6557 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #726 / 1614
  • Number of attempts: 3
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