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Played Challenges

delete swap - 1440 entries

delete all swap

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #157 / 457
  • Number of attempts: 2
Visual block training - 949 entries

You see the input. You see the output. Go.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #14 / 174
  • Number of attempts: 17
Put a newline after every 10 lines in vim - 1543 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #119 / 515
  • Number of attempts: 4
hello-world-vimgolf - 2287 entries

Simple number generation

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #13 / 645
  • Number of attempts: 3
simple replacements - 1479 entries

The goal is to see the replacement commands in action.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #32 / 325
  • Number of attempts: 10
Inverting Lines - 1772 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #236 / 479
  • Number of attempts: 5
Python dataclasses - 963 entries

Simple challenge to extract fields from a Python class

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #36 / 245
  • Number of attempts: 8
RUST Cargo.toml version to last - 320 entries

RUST Cargo.toml version to last. rusty practice on vimgolf

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #45 / 95
  • Number of attempts: 6
Modernise code - 1308 entries

Modernise and clean up some C++ code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #48 / 302
  • Number of attempts: 7
swap number pairs - 1986 entries

Swap the numbers in a bunch of 2-element arrays.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #36 / 367
  • Number of attempts: 15
Rural Post - 4342 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #168 / 1062
  • Number of attempts: 5
Satisfy the go linter - 2144 entries

You just came up with this briliant go vars package. But dang, you forgot to add comments to the exported variables. Can you add a comment over each variable with a TODO-placeholder?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #110 / 432
  • Number of attempts: 7
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 867 entries

You created an ansible playbook, but forgot to add quotes. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #50 / 273
  • Number of attempts: 5
xrandr outputs and dashes - 652 entries

uh oh, different video drivers identify display outputs with more dashes. Quick, need to change this xrandr script!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #121 / 213
  • Number of attempts: 4
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 738 entries

ThunderLinks are durable hyperlinks to specific email messages generated from Thunderbird in HTML format. Leverage the power of vim to make them suitable for a markdown-formatted file.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #50 / 165
  • Number of attempts: 8
Yo To Hello - 1103 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #431 / 509
  • Number of attempts: 2
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 1083 entries

For each line replace a search pattern (in this case $) with numbers starting at 1 and then increasing by 1 for each replaced match. a$b$c$ -> a0b1c2

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #39 / 221
  • Number of attempts: 16
Get mail address from outlook format - 621 entries

Create a mail list space separated of mail list formatted by outlook

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #70 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 3
prepend * to every non-blank line - 6191 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #411 / 1512
  • Number of attempts: 8
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: 12
  • Position: #9 / 840
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add string initializers to an enum - 856 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #63 / 253
  • Number of attempts: 7
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1169 entries

Convert strings in SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case. Examples: EMPLOYEE_NAME -> Employee Name REVENUE_YEAR_TO_DATE -> Revenue Year To Date SALARY -> Salary

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #112 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 6
Add semicolons - 10780 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #2153 / 3041
  • Number of attempts: 1
Bad Copy Syntax - 1992 entries

Copy should be from right to left, but sometimes you type it wrong.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #207 / 512
  • Number of attempts: 3
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3522 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #480 / 1141
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 7818 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #439 / 1861
  • Number of attempts: 6
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: 19
  • Position: #92 / 376
  • Number of attempts: 7
Array propagate - 319 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #43 / 115
  • Number of attempts: 5
Search and Replace 0 - 4785 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1041 / 1584
  • Number of attempts: 3
ninja substitution - 1368 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #77 / 260
  • Number of attempts: 10
One to Ten - 2156 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: #340 / 659
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 637 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: 14
  • Position: #63 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 3
Line under headers - 1983 entries

Put a line under each header, and remove the other markdown formatting.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #418 / 492
  • Number of attempts: 1
Around the clock - 188 entries

You'll want to use 2 special commands to complete this. If you haven't yet, read through 'input.txt', especially :help simple-changes

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #34 / 74
  • Number of attempts: 5
Join 'em - 246 entries

This shouldn't be too tough

  • Best score: 4
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #128 / 146
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reorder the groups - 1129 entries

Change the order so that the groups of fruit come before the vegetables.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #87 / 258
  • Number of attempts: 7
move titles next to url, in quotes - 504 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #27 / 135
  • Number of attempts: 4
Array transposition - 2378 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #41 / 443
  • Number of attempts: 13
Reformat most common surnames - 640 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #25 / 197
  • Number of attempts: 5
Get rid of html tags - 368 entries

Want to read more about Vim's background? Then get rid of those html tags...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #12 / 217
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sort and add attributes - 1314 entries

Sort the states and add the attribute country to each record.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #240 / 524
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1344 entries

Get the sentence back in the proper order, remove duplicate lines, and then combine the separate lines into one.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #229 / 377
  • Number of attempts: 5
Braces or Brackets? - 860 entries

Someone forgot whether to use braces or brackets and you have to clean up their code!

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #24 / 283
  • Number of attempts: 11
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 3278 entries

Convert tabs to spaces, strip empty lines and trailing whitespace.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #136 / 726
  • 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: 14
  • Position: #1888 / 3559
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6498 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #552 / 1598
  • Number of attempts: 4
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