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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 33482 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: 27
  • Position: #3952 / 7384
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add semicolons - 10831 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #2001 / 3055
  • Number of attempts: 2
Word Blender - 147 entries

The insides of long words seem to have been run through the blender. Can you fix this famous tale, brave knight?

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #28 / 56
  • Number of attempts: 2
Box it - 7848 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #1045 / 1870
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4847 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #745 / 1603
  • 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: 19
  • Position: #150 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 955 entries

A novice Python using prints Hello World! and a pro shows him different way. Using vim to get into pro style from novice, win the challenge.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 47
  • Position: #309 / 371
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap assigned value - 628 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #229 / 252
  • Number of attempts: 1
Minimalist Limerick - 519 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #89 / 173
  • Number of attempts: 4
Define to require - 119 entries

When JSHint is enabled, there's a rule that doesn't let you have more than 6 arguments in a function, so the moment you need to add a 7th argument, you need to do a refactoring.

  • Best score: 62
  • Best player score: 78
  • Position: #20 / 49
  • Number of attempts: 3
Circle in a square - 141 entries

Probably looks more like "Egg in a rectangle" in most fonts, but it's actually 23x23.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #14 / 53
  • Number of attempts: 4
Prefixes and suffixes - 599 entries

Generate all prefixes of "vimchallenge", then all suffixes.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #131 / 195
  • Number of attempts: 1
Refactor arguments into object argument - 162 entries

A relatively common Javascript refactoring.

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 54
  • Position: #13 / 66
  • Number of attempts: 5
Circle of Fifths with Sharps - 97 entries

Display a list of the Circle of Fifths with corresponding solfege syllables with sharps. Handling spaces may be tricky.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #27 / 37
  • Number of attempts: 1
Changing URL path in CSS - 136 entries

What's the quickest way to swap out all the URLs in a CSS file? Is it wasted keystrokes using look-behinds and look-aheads? (I'm sorry for the delete/report--I made a mistake with the last one requiring an ugly search for graphic to replace with images. I just intended this to be a simple search and replace that might possibly generate some macros or normals solutions that are quicker)

  • Best score: 40
  • Best player score: 45
  • Position: #33 / 61
  • Number of attempts: 1
The name of the game - 654 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #286 / 359
  • Number of attempts: 2
Cleanining up 80 column concatenated text - 194 entries

1. Put the whole query on one line, remove the concatenation operators 2. Remove the double spaces that appear a few times in the query 3. Use string-interpolated variable statementPid rather than the ugly concatenation

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #40 / 78
  • Number of attempts: 5
Vertical Limit - 2487 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #555 / 748
  • Number of attempts: 1
Aligning function arguments to match a specific coding style - 230 entries

Most projects have specific coding style guidelines. In this case, the argument list must be broken into a new line for each argument, with the argument names right aligned, taking into account pointers.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #41 / 70
  • Number of attempts: 2
Exchanging Quotes - 824 entries

Sometimes you need to exchange a choice of quotes in some code.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #92 / 227
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: #238 / 772
  • Number of attempts: 3
Switch function arguments - 2085 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #338 / 653
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reverse and double space - 498 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #125 / 197
  • Number of attempts: 4
constructor - 181 entries

coding a constructor for a simple class

  • Best score: 59
  • Best player score: 100
  • Position: #35 / 59
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 5045 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #678 / 1742
  • Number of attempts: 3
The meaning - 566 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #97 / 360
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 977 entries

convert an ugly spreadsheet copy/paste into a CSV format.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #110 / 187
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sort the cardinal numbers - 294 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #87 / 147
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make it more readable - 1955 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #326 / 643
  • Number of attempts: 3
remove dupes from array - 1345 entries

given a random string that contains a ruby-esque array, make sure that there are no duplicate elements

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #92 / 333
  • Number of attempts: 5
Sort entries based on date - 364 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #99 / 115
  • Number of attempts: 2
Here, piggy, piggy... - 76 entries

Youay owknay atwhay otay oday...

  • Best score: 68
  • Best player score: 99
  • Position: #18 / 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Happy New Year! - 144 entries

This is a simple new year's challenge.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #44 / 58
  • Number of attempts: 4
imports alignment (python) - 663 entries

Align as one import per line.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #58 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 2
Rotating Philosophers Problem - 392 entries

Can you help the philosophers find a good place to sit before they get five forks and spaghetti?

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #92 / 165
  • Number of attempts: 5
expand a list comprehension (python) - 302 entries

Please show your way to convert a list comprehension in python to an ordinary for-loop expression!

  • Best score: 42
  • Best player score: 47
  • Position: #31 / 107
  • Number of attempts: 8
Insert a Markdown link - 434 entries

Put a link in a markdown document, using the after-the-paragraph format.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #55 / 145
  • Number of attempts: 4
Numbering a List - 1867 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #447 / 645
  • Number of attempts: 2
Getters & Setters: Java - 206 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: 113
  • Position: #26 / 57
  • Number of attempts: 3
Java Array2List - 227 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

  • Best score: 67
  • Best player score: 100
  • Position: #42 / 85
  • Number of attempts: 3
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1225 entries

Rubyists talk about being cutting edge but how many are using 1.9 in production? Time to convert those verbose 1.8 hashes in to symbolic, succinct 1.9 beauties!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #142 / 402
  • Number of attempts: 4
CSV to JSON - 173 entries

A search for shortest vimissh way to convert CSV to JSON.

  • Best score: 56
  • Best player score: 114
  • Position: #38 / 66
  • Number of attempts: 2
Assignment Alignment - 842 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #159 / 217
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 13
  • Position: #177 / 502
  • Number of attempts: 4
82 bottles of beer on the wall - 307 entries

Take them down. (sorry, only 82 bottles because the problem size is limited!)

  • Best score: 106
  • Best player score: 124
  • Position: #52 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 5
Table Reshuffle - 372 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #58 / 135
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reverse and count - 459 entries

Someone typed things upside down and now a Vim ninja needs to reverse the lines and count how many there are.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #126 / 174
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reverse Simple Deletion - 834 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #196 / 455
  • Number of attempts: 3
Dumb to smart - 97 entries

Turn dumb quote to smart vim's way.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #34 / 55
  • Number of attempts: 3
Context insensitive completion 0 - 545 entries

Buried in the lines you're not supposed to add is the line "Add this line!" Add that line to the top of the file.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #53 / 239
  • Number of attempts: 3
Context Insensitive completion 1 - 471 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #218 / 237
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make Fancy Header - 1024 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #221 / 340
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat some Python - 590 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #102 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat most common surnames - 671 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #125 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change the content of a string - 1502 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #242 / 567
  • Number of attempts: 2
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 3492 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #616 / 756
  • Number of attempts: 1
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