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Played Challenges

Paste a column after a column - 2243 entries

This task is very common while using multi-cursor. What is the elegant vim way ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #130 / 487
  • Number of attempts: 8
HS exam question - 1497 entries

Convert the data to a python dictionary

  • Best score: 47
  • Best player score: 64
  • Position: #143 / 393
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat symbols in list - 1466 entries

Saw this in some lecture, easy reformatting using multiple cursor in VS Code

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #87 / 322
  • Number of attempts: 11
Poorly indented Python comments - 1160 entries

Fix the alignment of some Python comments as quickly as possible.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #52 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 13
delete swap - 1522 entries

delete all swap

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #222 / 476
  • Number of attempts: 3
Generate a very basic Python constructor (fixed) - 1175 entries

Original by @BiddulphCaleb (http://www.vimgolf.com/challenges/6019f1c4642668000cee11e8) - had some extra spaces in output file.

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #67 / 246
  • Number of attempts: 11
Fix the shell script! - 2338 entries

Fix the shell script with the fewest keystrokes!

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #333 / 540
  • Number of attempts: 1
simple replacements - 1658 entries

The goal is to see the replacement commands in action.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #104 / 370
  • Number of attempts: 7
Python dataclasses - 1104 entries

Simple challenge to extract fields from a Python class

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #134 / 277
  • Number of attempts: 6
Python: Def to Lambda - 423 entries

LAMBDA!!!

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #49 / 149
  • Number of attempts: 1
Satisfy the go linter - 2329 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: 21
  • Position: #183 / 457
  • Number of attempts: 8
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: 13
  • Position: #159 / 213
  • Number of attempts: 9
Simple, Practical, and Common - 33385 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: 22
  • Position: #1188 / 7364
  • Number of attempts: 11
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 877 entries

Given a list of emails, get the students full name and their associated house.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #98 / 254
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values - 4543 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #390 / 1257
  • Number of attempts: 5
Right Align Part of the line - 117 entries

The challenge is to right align a part of the line - this is useful in some SQL queries where it's more clear which are the fields displayed

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #24 / 38
  • Number of attempts: 5
Quote modules - 1053 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #77 / 273
  • Number of attempts: 9
Add semicolons - 10792 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1162 / 3044
  • Number of attempts: 3
Bad Copy Syntax - 2001 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #328 / 516
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 20
  • Position: #192 / 376
  • Number of attempts: 6
From argument to object - 1474 entries

This task typifies those programmers endure while coding. This C-family pseudocode needs a function argument to be repurposed as an object call. Simply search and replace? Repeat a pattern of edits?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #341 / 450
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4790 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #326 / 1585
  • Number of attempts: 5
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 538 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: 31
  • Position: #35 / 127
  • Number of attempts: 8
On Being Stylish - 72 entries

Your PR cannot be accepted if you don't follow our corporate style guide.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 46
  • Position: #14 / 19
  • Number of attempts: 7
Make HTML List - 1039 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #97 / 271
  • Number of attempts: 2
Learn some german verbs - 531 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #89 / 131
  • Number of attempts: 1
Interweave two blocks of text - 631 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: #46 / 211
  • Number of attempts: 7
ninja substitution - 1372 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #131 / 261
  • Number of attempts: 16
Vice versa - 7803 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #734 / 2100
  • Number of attempts: 7
Order and join - 956 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #133 / 255
  • Number of attempts: 7
Replace and keep the case - 407 entries

Replace all instance of plugin and Plugin to device and Device.

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #59 / 115
  • Number of attempts: 8
Hello ${world} - 299 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #40 / 94
  • Number of attempts: 4
move titles next to url, in quotes - 504 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #12 / 135
  • Number of attempts: 7
Array transposition - 2378 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #201 / 443
  • Number of attempts: 7
Swap assigned value - 624 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #166 / 249
  • Number of attempts: 8
Collect List - 4264 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #672 / 1186
  • Number of attempts: 2
camel riding - 769 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #87 / 274
  • Number of attempts: 3
Logging with key - 301 entries

Sometimes it is better to log with meaningful key

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #52 / 86
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fix the XML - 996 entries

The challenge consists in having a valid xml from an incomplete source.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #49 / 284
  • Number of attempts: 12
Line 'em up! - 392 entries

It can be so hard to keep everything neatly lined-up. Somebody clearly hasn't bothered here. Tidy it up, please!

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #31 / 110
  • Number of attempts: 6
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: 12
  • Position: #27 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 4
I forgot quotes - 15931 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1557 / 4161
  • Number of attempts: 6
Don't know what this is - 1978 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: 12
  • Position: #196 / 578
  • Number of attempts: 7
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10624 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2159 / 3666
  • Number of attempts: 2
attr_aligner - 3444 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #450 / 692
  • Number of attempts: 4
Words in parens - 12854 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #133 / 3945
  • Number of attempts: 2
Execute immediate SQL - 85 entries

Sql string tranformation ...

  • Best score: 60
  • Best player score: 70
  • Position: #12 / 30
  • Number of attempts: 4
Python: Lots of function arguments - 102 entries

The function definition is too long for one line. The modeline helps you with some typical Python indent settings.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #36 / 46
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add links to an existing HTML table - 77 entries

Add these links at that top to the respective table cell. First link, first cell, etc.

  • Best score: 42
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #8 / 29
  • Number of attempts: 4
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1581 entries

Oh no, this line is longer than 80 chars... put each 'vim' on a new line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #219 / 439
  • Number of attempts: 6
Vertical Limit - 2437 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #34 / 736
  • Number of attempts: 8
Exchanging Quotes - 821 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #35 / 225
  • Number of attempts: 8
replacing each line of a block selection - 2946 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #61 / 767
  • Number of attempts: 11
Switch function arguments - 2078 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #74 / 651
  • Number of attempts: 5
Remove noise from HTTP log - 695 entries

This piece of log (from the year 2000) contains some irrelevant data. We only want to see the HTTP method and resource.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #190 / 270
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 5031 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #800 / 1735
  • Number of attempts: 3
HTML to Haml - 842 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #133 / 202
  • 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: 76
  • Position: #14 / 65
  • Number of attempts: 6
Change the content of a string - 1475 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #273 / 557
  • Number of attempts: 7
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: 13
  • Position: #349 / 3580
  • Number of attempts: 13
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6557 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #73 / 1614
  • Number of attempts: 14
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