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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 33483 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: #3606 / 7384
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 18673 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #2497 / 3852
  • Number of attempts: 2
Prime Numbers - 345 entries

List the first 100 prime numbers.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 72
  • Position: #67 / 102
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values inside brackets - 2477 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #170 / 573
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 4771 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1346 / 1887
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2851 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #665 / 843
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap the operands under comparison - 273 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #37 / 99
  • Number of attempts: 4
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3556 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #545 / 1151
  • Number of attempts: 1
Com(m)a Trouble - 3709 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #520 / 838
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract argument from function - 2337 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #709 / 750
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4847 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1017 / 1603
  • Number of attempts: 1
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 539 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: 36
  • Position: #76 / 128
  • Number of attempts: 2
Number Sort - 307 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: #98 / 165
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2572 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #193 / 698
  • Number of attempts: 6
comment and uncomment code inline - 1074 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: #189 / 316
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 11380 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #3562 / 4174
  • Number of attempts: 1
Team names - 1812 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #448 / 585
  • Number of attempts: 1
Interweave two blocks of text - 641 entries

Suppose you've got data on a list of things from multiple sources. They're all in separate chunks, so how might you create a tabular output?

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #56 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 6
Missing Library and a Typo - 860 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: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #118 / 211
  • Number of attempts: 7
Basic renumbering - 5605 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #930 / 1260
  • Number of attempts: 2
Adam's challenge - 958 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: 23
  • Position: #220 / 267
  • Number of attempts: 1
comments galore - 1017 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #365 / 421
  • Number of attempts: 3
Python challenge - 148 entries

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

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 52
  • Position: #28 / 45
  • Number of attempts: 1
One to Ten - 2174 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: 14
  • Position: #394 / 664
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 647 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: 17
  • Position: #159 / 205
  • Number of attempts: 1
Build a six - 277 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #65 / 94
  • Number of attempts: 1
Delete to the end of the current line - 794 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #287 / 387
  • Number of attempts: 1
Put the months in order - 972 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 45
  • Position: #96 / 161
  • Number of attempts: 1
move titles next to url, in quotes - 510 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #69 / 137
  • Number of attempts: 4
convert yml into java pojo field - 837 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: 30
  • Position: #113 / 225
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple format (2) - 335 entries

try again!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #22 / 70
  • Number of attempts: 10
Collect List - 4267 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #991 / 1188
  • Number of attempts: 2
Space out the alphabet - 1630 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #123 / 442
  • Number of attempts: 6
I forgot quotes - 15946 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1815 / 4166
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 3183 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #851 / 1132
  • Number of attempts: 1
Don't know what this is - 1996 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: #529 / 581
  • Number of attempts: 1
attr_aligner - 3454 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #529 / 695
  • Number of attempts: 3
Counting in binary - 478 entries

"a" represents 0; "A" represents 1. Start from zero and count to 15.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #49 / 114
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letter case trickery - 1598 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: 10
  • Position: #163 / 514
  • Number of attempts: 3
quotes inside quotes - 3128 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: #482 / 1073
  • Number of attempts: 3
Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 346 entries

"Sort by popularity" is a good order to play the challenges. Not perfect, but you could do a lot worse. ;) Input is a sample copy-pasted from vimgolf.com. Some of the challenge names have digits that will get in your way, so read ":help :sort" for hints on sorting with a regex. When you're done, try your solution on the full list!

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #29 / 106
  • Number of attempts: 5
Words in parens - 12868 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2456 / 3950
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2487 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #638 / 748
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2966 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #280 / 772
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 5045 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1426 / 1742
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort entries based on date - 364 entries

Sort some entries in a Ledger-file based on date.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #63 / 115
  • Number of attempts: 4
HTML to Haml - 843 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #57 / 203
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat long lines - 346 entries

Rearrange this ruby method call to put each parameter on its own line. Could become a useful macro.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #36 / 133
  • Number of attempts: 4
Shebangs for all - 1917 entries

We've all seen or used a shebang once or twice. Ditch the specific paths and leave just a dynamic Ruby and Python bath behind.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #277 / 502
  • Number of attempts: 4
Table Reshuffle - 372 entries

Fix the column order in this table... also append the new 'username' column.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #110 / 135
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reverse Simple Deletion - 834 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #340 / 455
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make Fancy Header - 1024 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #240 / 340
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat some Python - 590 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #85 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat most common surnames - 671 entries

Reformat copy-pasted table into a list of the most common surnames

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #17 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 12478 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #2849 / 3623
  • Number of attempts: 1
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