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Played Challenges

V to the i - 4751 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #1537 / 1879
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4790 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #901 / 1585
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 938 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: 44
  • Position: #214 / 364
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5587 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #537 / 1258
  • Number of attempts: 8
Cartesian product - 221 entries

{1,2,3,4,5} X {1,2,3,4,5}

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 57
  • Position: #85 / 92
  • Number of attempts: 1
Condensed Cases - 788 entries

Apple's new programming language, Swift, allows two style of case statements: 1) one Enum case on each line, or 2) multiple Enum cases on a single line. Convert the following from the first case (no pun intended) to the second type.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #229 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15931 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1434 / 4161
  • Number of attempts: 4
-a-b-c- - 3176 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #900 / 1129
  • Number of attempts: 1
Gray area - 732 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #251 / 268
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10624 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #520 / 3666
  • Number of attempts: 4
Words in parens - 12854 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1399 / 3945
  • Number of attempts: 3
Exchanging Quotes - 821 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #123 / 225
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2946 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #712 / 767
  • Number of attempts: 1
Append semicolon after expressions - 1005 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #162 / 403
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reverse and double space - 489 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #119 / 194
  • Number of attempts: 1
constructor - 180 entries

coding a constructor for a simple class

  • Best score: 59
  • Best player score: 101
  • Position: #35 / 58
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove semicolons after expressions - 628 entries

A follow-up for http://vimgolf.com/challenges/4fc9d767d3a0d4000100000e.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #239 / 258
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 5031 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #698 / 1735
  • Number of attempts: 2
The meaning - 558 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #85 / 356
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 973 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 47
  • Position: #132 / 185
  • Number of attempts: 1
Replacing some words - 419 entries

How fast could it be?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #68 / 148
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort the cardinal numbers - 293 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #102 / 146
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make it more readable - 1952 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #327 / 640
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove dupes from array - 1336 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: 24
  • Position: #215 / 331
  • Number of attempts: 1
Rotating Philosophers Problem - 390 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: 35
  • Position: #148 / 163
  • Number of attempts: 1
Before there was Farmville... - 97 entries

There was old MacDonald. For my toddler. The first Vim sing-a-long?

  • Best score: 156
  • Best player score: 247
  • Position: #40 / 47
  • Number of attempts: 1
HTML to Haml - 842 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 46
  • Position: #148 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 2
expand a list comprehension (python) - 301 entries

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

  • Best score: 42
  • Best player score: 72
  • Position: #99 / 106
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat long lines - 341 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: 21
  • Position: #99 / 130
  • Number of attempts: 3
Numbering a List - 1859 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #607 / 639
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 - 148 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: 31
  • Position: #61 / 69
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 158
  • Position: #51 / 56
  • Number of attempts: 2
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1221 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: 21
  • Position: #375 / 401
  • Number of attempts: 1
CSV to JSON - 172 entries

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

  • Best score: 56
  • Best player score: 158
  • Position: #55 / 65
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shebangs for all - 1912 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: 18
  • Position: #357 / 500
  • Number of attempts: 1
A Simple One - 1001 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: #250 / 643
  • Number of attempts: 1
82 bottles of beer on the wall - 303 entries

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

  • Best score: 106
  • Best player score: 130
  • Position: #70 / 141
  • Number of attempts: 2
Table Reshuffle - 371 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #48 / 134
  • Number of attempts: 2
Letters are numbers - 150 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: 26
  • Position: #31 / 73
  • Number of attempts: 2
Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 237 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #76 / 85
  • 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: 16
  • Position: #130 / 230
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reverse Simple Deletion - 832 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #219 / 454
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment, increment, increment.... - 662 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #215 / 401
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sorting paragraphs - 505 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #70 / 156
  • Number of attempts: 2
Indentation - 497 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #65 / 168
  • Number of attempts: 2
Hatsuyume - 457 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #148 / 175
  • Number of attempts: 1
Turn this csv list into queries - 204 entries

Transform each line of this csv file into a MySQL-ready INSERT query.

  • Best score: 98
  • Best player score: 143
  • Position: #76 / 95
  • Number of attempts: 2
The Cake is a Lie - 1286 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #324 / 512
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fix the Haiku - 275 entries

Change this slightly scrambled haiku to its unscrambled form and fix the capitalisation and punctuation along the way.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #62 / 109
  • Number of attempts: 3
Context insensitive completion 0 - 502 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: 10
  • Position: #208 / 231
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context Insensitive completion 1 - 459 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #78 / 232
  • Number of attempts: 3
Make Fancy Header - 1014 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #277 / 338
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat some Python - 579 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 45
  • Position: #137 / 229
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat a C golf submission - 552 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: 30
  • Position: #83 / 199
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sort and add attributes - 1327 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #91 / 529
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: #887 / 3580
  • Number of attempts: 8
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