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Played Challenges

Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 704 entries

You're replying to an email with silly long lines. Clean them up.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #87 / 397
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4847 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #148 / 1603
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 43
  • Position: #146 / 371
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 5045 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #673 / 1742
  • Number of attempts: 2
Replacing some words - 420 entries

How fast could it be?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #55 / 149
  • Number of attempts: 2
PHP <--> Java class conversion Part 1 - 213 entries

Convert this tiny php class to adequate java one.

  • Best score: 65
  • Best player score: 87
  • Position: #23 / 62
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make it more readable - 1955 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #208 / 643
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 21
  • Position: #141 / 333
  • Number of attempts: 1
PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 508 entries

I recently needed to send an e-mail to our marketing department listing allowed merge tags for our MailChimp campaigns. The allowed merge tags were determined from a PHP array in one of our PHP classes. I transformed the PHP class to MailChimp's syntax and sent the e-mail. It was, however, a long, laborious process. I'm still fairly new to Vim and would love to see how an expert Vim user would tackle one of my own, real-world problems. Thanks and have fun!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #33 / 149
  • Number of attempts: 3
Case preserving word replacement - 454 entries

Half way through my project, my people turned into dogs. Now I have to change everything in my source.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #141 / 180
  • Number of attempts: 1
imports alignment (python) - 663 entries

Align as one import per line.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #155 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 1
Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 263 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #40 / 98
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 30
  • Position: #67 / 165
  • Number of attempts: 2
HTML to Haml - 843 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #34 / 203
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 49
  • Position: #37 / 107
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 17
  • Position: #63 / 133
  • Number of attempts: 3
Generate English Alphabets - 476 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #110 / 205
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 23
  • Position: #32 / 145
  • Number of attempts: 3
Numbering a List - 1867 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #213 / 645
  • Number of attempts: 3
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 - 149 entries

Somebody's got this slightly muddled up. See how quickly you can fix it. (I made this to experiment with buffers. I'm not actually sure whether this is faster with buffers or without.)

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #38 / 70
  • Number of attempts: 1
Solve the Sokoban - 165 entries

A wink for all Vimgolfers that play Nethack too.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #47 / 73
  • Number of attempts: 3
The holy-grail may help - 352 entries

Can you find it in less than 20 strokes, Arthur?

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #105 / 207
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 12
  • Position: #32 / 402
  • Number of attempts: 4
Assignment Alignment - 842 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #162 / 217
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 12
  • Position: #111 / 502
  • Number of attempts: 5
A Simple One - 1009 entries

Here is a very simple one - just to illustrate/introduce a vim feature that some people seem to miss...

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #244 / 648
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 126
  • Position: #60 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 33
  • Position: #148 / 174
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letters are numbers - 154 entries

Letters and numbers are interchangeable. A lot of programming languages give you simple ways to convert individual letters to hex, binary and decimal but does Vim?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #60 / 74
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ruby 1.9 compat - 610 entries

Remember when Ruby supported `when <expr> :`? Well, it doesn't in 1.9, so let's make sure we use `then`, without ruining our lovely new hash syntax!

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #100 / 230
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reverse Simple Deletion - 834 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #216 / 455
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment, increment, increment.... - 668 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #214 / 404
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sorting paragraphs - 510 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #84 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 2
Indentation - 499 entries

Indent each line according to the right number of spaces it needs.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #87 / 170
  • Number of attempts: 2
Hatsuyume - 466 entries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatsuyume

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #150 / 178
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1301 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #113 / 517
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 8
  • Position: #131 / 239
  • Number of attempts: 2
Compile C - 366 entries

You might have to get clever to do this one.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #51 / 133
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context Insensitive completion 1 - 471 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #77 / 237
  • Number of attempts: 3
Almost encrypted - 199 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #77 / 145
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make Fancy Header - 1024 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #52 / 340
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat some Python - 590 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #49 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 7
Reformat a C golf submission - 574 entries

Take this C golf submission (for the "tiny but standards-compliant Hello World program" category, naturally), and turn it into formatted C code.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #57 / 203
  • Number of attempts: 6
Remember FizzBuzz? - 686 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 84
  • Position: #162 / 184
  • Number of attempts: 1
Get rid of html tags - 378 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #204 / 222
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1502 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #65 / 567
  • Number of attempts: 3
Deleting folded text - 342 entries

The text below contains three folds. Delete them (and the text inside them). For example: 123 456 /*{{{*/ 789 /*}}}*/ 012 Should become: 123 012 Also, add `aoeuaoeu` to make sure small solutions don't get flagged as cheating.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #29 / 114
  • Number of attempts: 4
Sort and add attributes - 1368 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #88 / 541
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add fold markers to a .c file - 571 entries

Fold markers can make it easier to navigate source code. Add them to this .c file.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 47
  • Position: #148 / 175
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1435 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: 20
  • Position: #37 / 396
  • Number of attempts: 2
Braces or Brackets? - 930 entries

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

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #74 / 295
  • Number of attempts: 4
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 3492 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #270 / 756
  • Number of attempts: 4
Flodder-challenge - 1176 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #164 / 321
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 12467 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #896 / 3621
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6736 entries

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

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #503 / 1651
  • Number of attempts: 6
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