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XML to JSON - 44 entries

Convert this xml file into json.

Change your calendar - 352 entries

Happy New Year!

Greek Letters - 60 entries

Starting with a list of Greek letters, create a cross-reference table showing all of the Greek alpha-beta. You'll likely need to use digraphs (:help digraphs). Note that while most digraphs can be entered with either character first, lowercase sigma has two digraphs -- s* AND *s! Good luck!

Transposition - 76 entries

Transpose the original lines in separate columns, one for each line.

REDRUM - 149 entries

If you remember "The Shinning", the first time you saw the bloody word REDRUM you probably thinked "What the Hell is that?" Well, then you know that you need a little help from a looking-glass to make sense of it. Now it's time to use vim like a mirror to reveal the message.

Enumerate words - 242 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

Swap assigned value - 609 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

Groups magic - 146 entries

Regexp or macros for string converting: (a) -> ___ (abc) -> ____ (abcd) -> ______ All in the '(' replace to _ multiply by char count + ()

Block Fun 1 - 188 entries

Manipulate the columns to produce desired result.

fib.c cleanup - 66 entries

cleanup the file

Harder than "abcd > a b c d" - 76 entries

Not as easy as the last challenge. This time, just one space between a and b, up to 25 spaces between y and z. (Removed some lines; diff was too long.)

abcd > a b c d - 279 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

lamb had a little Mary - 582 entries

"Mary" and "lamb" are swapped. Unswap them. Fast as you can.

Python: Lots of function arguments - 101 entries

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

Checkerboard case pattern - 144 entries

All the squares are white. Make some of them black. But only the right ones.

Readable Rubyhash - 243 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!

Chucking wood - 103 entries

An exercise in compressing repetitive text. For this challenge, any entry that uses keys outside the main row (such as arrow keys, Home, End, Delete, etc.) will be removed. (Esc is OK, though you should be using C-[ anyway.)

Flip the chessboard - 77 entries

White's turn is over. Flip the board to black's perspective. I added coordinates to frustrate you.

Extract text from xml - 106 entries

Extract text from xml file (ignoring commented out elements) and create a one line regex.

Printable ASCII characters - 121 entries

From a blank input, print all 95 printing ASCII characters one per line, from space to tilde.

A simple change - 434 entries

Just change the numbers in the most efficient way ...

Let's play some Ivmgolf - 1084 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

Unwrap the text of an email message - 182 entries

Reverse of "Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters". gq and gw are great for wrapping paragraphs. But sometimes other programs choke on your wrapped lines. What's the best way to un-gq?

Sort by your own sum - 69 entries

Same numbers as last time, but you'll have to add them yourself.

Sort by sum of numbers in a line(?) - 55 entries

The lines with the biggest sums need to be at the top. The sums are on the right, which makes life hard. Maybe you can find a feature that will do all the work for you...

Presidential Sorting - 47 entries

Given a nice CSV formatted arrangement of the Presidents of the United States, we need to print out an alphabetical list in pretty columns. Prove that vim can conquer this basic Excel task!

Add links to an existing HTML table - 73 entries

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

Stairs Indenting - 442 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

Python to Ruby - 195 entries

Convert this Python code to Ruby. NOTE: This program likely won't run.

you're stuck on jQuery < 1.7 - 335 entries

replace calls to jQuery 1.7+'s `on` with calls to pre 1.7 `bind`

SFD-ROC: ROT13 Phonics - 96 entries

A is for apple, b is for ball, etc... This familiar phonics poem has been rotated 13 characters. Make the letter match the word.

SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1569 entries

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

SFD-ROC: ASCII Logo Border - 70 entries

Draw a border around this familiar logo ;)

SFD-ROC: Pipe Dreams - 99 entries

Move the pipes so they match the output.

SFD-ROC: Tic-Tac-Toe - 132 entries

Tic-Tac-Toe You are 'X', and it is your turn. Stop 'O' from winning, and complete the game. Draw a diagonal line through your winning row of three X's.

SFD-ROC: The Quick Brown Fox - 168 entries

Someone has vandalized our text (again). Please fix to read: The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog.

Enharmonic Equivalents - 55 entries

Transform # and b to digraphs

Circle of Fifths with Sharps - 93 entries

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

The name of the game - 646 entries

End up with the name of the game.

NATO phonetic alphabet - 498 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 400 entries

Someone has vandalized this text file and replaced the beginning character of one word in each line with a Big "X." Please remove the big X's, and fix each line to read "The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog."

maximun and minimun - 55 entries

Find the maximum and minimum of the rows.

Sierpinski's Triangle - 82 entries

Build the famous fractal, Sierpinski's Triangle.

Dehamlizing - 177 entries

Change this piece of HAML code back into erb

Create an alphabet diamond - 76 entries

Here's a brain teaser to keep things interesting...

Convert regular pandoc footnotes to in-line notes - 60 entries

Pandoc extends markdown by allowing footnotes, which are usually represented with a footnote identifier followed later in the document by the footnote itself. But Pandoc also allows inline footnotes without identifiers. How many strokes does it take to convert regular footnotes to inline notes? (NB: I've had trouble figuring out whether text-width makes a difference to Vimgolf in comparing the input and output file. I finally tested this locally using the Vimgolf vimrc and did a "gq" on the entire buffer as the last step. Apologies if I'm making a newbie mistake. First time submitter.)

Complete the circuit grid! - 80 entries

Continuing from the last challenge, add additional rows to the grid. Change each of the names from 'A1'...'A10' to 'B1'...'B10', 'C1'...'C10', etc, and for each new row add 0.7 to the X values in the (X Y) at the end of each line.

Make the circuit grid! - 84 entries

Copy this command for a circuit layout program to create 10 total smd commands. Increment the number in quotes to name each pad, and add 0.7 to each of the (X Y) coordinates at the end of each line.

Convert pandoc unordered list to a numbered list - 157 entries

I know it's possible to use #. in pandoc to auto-generate numbered lists, but then it's not easy to tell how many items there are when reading it in Markdown. How fast can you make the switch?

Vertical Limit - 2426 entries

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

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