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Create an alphabet diamond - 76 entries

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

Convert regular pandoc footnotes to in-line notes - 51 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! - 72 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! - 73 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 - 141 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 - 2294 entries

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

Shuffle and Sort - 172 entries

The values where sorted incorrectly. Get them back to how they are supposed to be

Cleanining up 80 column concatenated text - 185 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

Changing URL path in CSS - 113 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)

Inconsistent real estate paste - 152 entries

Format a hand-typed real estate listing that uses inconsistent punctuation into four sections

Aligning function arguments to match a specific coding style - 181 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.

Create a pandoc compatible table - 164 entries

In [this vimcast][1], a featured gist from Tim Pope shows how to quickly make a simple table structure. How fast can you convert it to pandoc's markdown style? [1]:

Switch function arguments - 1919 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Calculate the table totals - 107 entries

Go ahead... commit the treachery of using vim as a spreadsheet.

Remove noise from HTTP log - 631 entries

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

Remove semicolons after expressions - 508 entries

A follow-up for

Append semicolon after expressions - 899 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

Format the output - 102 entries

Sometimes your standard out is a little hard to read. Take this multilevel hash and make it human readable.

Exchanging Quotes - 779 entries

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

Reverse and double space - 424 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

The meaning - 515 entries

Numbers are fun!

un-C-escape string - 53 entries

Convert escape sequences to characters

replacing each line of a block selection - 2740 entries

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

Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 787 entries

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

constructor - 165 entries

coding a constructor for a simple class

switch variable - 4863 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

Replacing some words - 405 entries

How fast could it be?

Make it more readable - 1847 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

remove dupes from array - 1260 entries

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

Sort entries based on date - 315 entries

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

PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 440 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!

Refactor to Helpers - 45 entries

This Rails partial is almost all template escapes. Put it into a helper, and refactor each case to methods so we can build out the controls for each. (I've converted to tabs - fighting with Vimgolf's default config shouldn't be part of the challenge.)

Alphabetize the directory - 261 entries

Put the contacts and their information in alphabetical order.

PHP <--> Java class conversion Part 2 - 84 entries

Same class but reverse!

PHP <--> Java class conversion Part 1 - 179 entries

Convert this tiny php class to adequate java one.

formatted text to markdown - 175 entries

You're converting some posts from an old blog to markdown. The formatted text is far closer to the finished product than the html markup, so it seems like a good place to start. Word wrapping seems to be the main area for optimization.

Multiplication table. - 183 entries

Create a multiplication table.

Line Zipper - 403 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

Complete the hex array data (Part II) - 129 entries

Do not use external tools(e.g. tac, seq) [My interpretation of Rule #7]

Interweave two blocks of text - 530 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?

Complete the hex array data - 188 entries

Do not use external tools(e.g. tac, seq) [My interpretation of Rule #7]

Case preserving word replacement - 397 entries

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

Sort the cardinal numbers - 240 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

Numbering a List - 1774 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

Recursively Palindrome - 230 entries

Note that there are 2^6-1 characters.

Java Array2List - 216 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

imports alignment (python) - 586 entries

Align as one import per line.

expand a list comprehension (python) - 275 entries

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

HTML to Haml - 759 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

Rotating Philosophers Problem - 367 entries

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

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