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Played Challenges

Transpose a python matrix - 418 entries

Rotate the matrix in 90 degrees.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #27 / 84
  • Number of attempts: 6
Generate a very basic Python constructor - 226 entries

I actually needed to do this myself, so I look forward to learning how.

  • Best score: 38
  • Best player score: 45
  • Position: #27 / 57
  • Number of attempts: 1
Modernise code - 708 entries

Modernise and clean up some C++ code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 44
  • Position: #93 / 162
  • Number of attempts: 1
swap number pairs - 1355 entries

Swap the numbers in a bunch of 2-element arrays.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #15 / 262
  • Number of attempts: 10
Rural Post - 3886 entries

Simple challenge to remove all but the post code on each line

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #260 / 962
  • Number of attempts: 6
Satisfy the go linter - 1809 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: 20
  • Position: #46 / 362
  • Number of attempts: 4
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 655 entries

You created an ansible playbook, but forgot to add quotes. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #20 / 210
  • Number of attempts: 3
xrandr outputs and dashes - 587 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: 12
  • Position: #80 / 191
  • Number of attempts: 4
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 677 entries

ThunderLinks are durable hyperlinks to specific email messages generated from Thunderbird in HTML format. Leverage the power of vim to make them suitable for a markdown-formatted file.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #33 / 151
  • Number of attempts: 5
Yo To Hello - 996 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #207 / 460
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32803 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: #43 / 7246
  • Number of attempts: 3
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 811 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #36 / 232
  • Number of attempts: 4
Get mail address from outlook format - 563 entries

Create a mail list space separated of mail list formatted by outlook

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #116 / 175
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values - 4415 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #521 / 1236
  • Number of attempts: 3
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5850 entries

Prepend an asterisk to every non-blank line in the input file.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #288 / 1439
  • Number of attempts: 7
Quote modules - 1003 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #98 / 255
  • Number of attempts: 2
Separate the lines - 153 entries

Every other line is mixed up. Separate them into their original texts.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #7 / 83
  • Number of attempts: 2
Unsemantic linewrapping - 822 entries

[Inspired by a blog post I read: https://scott.mn/2014/02/21/semantic_linewrapping/. Text adapted.] Sometimes when editing a Markdown file, I wrap the lines semantically. Instead of inserting a newline at 70 columns (or whatever), or making paragraphs one long line, I put in newlines at a point that seems logical to me. This may seem silly, but it produces better diffs. Semantic linewrapping also makes editing snappier. I can delete, edit or insert sentences easily using linewise operations. Code-oriented text editors like Vim and [REDACTED] are really good at this kind of manipulation. Editing text that hasn't been wrapped semantically is a pain, though:

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #77 / 206
  • Number of attempts: 7
V to the i - 4629 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #1575 / 1852
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2720 entries

Remove identical text at the beginning of several lines and the closing parenthesis.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #280 / 809
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add string initializers to an enum - 741 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #53 / 221
  • Number of attempts: 4
From argument to object - 1258 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: 17
  • Position: #17 / 416
  • Number of attempts: 5
Every other line - 2802 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #361 / 681
  • Number of attempts: 2
Array propagate - 305 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #63 / 107
  • Number of attempts: 2
Extract argument from function - 2207 entries

The aim is to see if you can do some refactoring very fast.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #319 / 726
  • Number of attempts: 2
That hyphen - 2478 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #313 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11102 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1894 / 4100
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make HTML List - 985 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #76 / 260
  • Number of attempts: 5
Todo list specification - 362 entries

The every item on the todo list must be done today. Modify the list to reflect that.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #15 / 166
  • Number of attempts: 4
For all cases. - 124 entries

In this case... change it! :) Watch the line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #21 / 88
  • Number of attempts: 2
Missing Library and a Typo - 829 entries

I forgot to add a c library, please add it for me. Also I'm bad at typing so fix my typo too.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #44 / 203
  • Number of attempts: 6
Basic renumbering - 5419 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #714 / 1222
  • Number of attempts: 1
Adam's challenge - 912 entries

Change both normal to bold and 4 by 2. Adam Wathan challenge this on twitter . He did it in 11 keystrokes on Sublime.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #31 / 255
  • Number of attempts: 4
Add to end of each line... kinda - 285 entries

Visual-block mode can be used to add something to the end of each line, even if they are of differing lengths. However, what if it's not quite at the end?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #13 / 153
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 7491 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #606 / 2030
  • Number of attempts: 5
Free hyphen! - 144 entries

Just like "Inner hyphens", but I'm giving you a free hyphen to play with. Will your solution be any different?

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #58 / 79
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sorting a glossary - 107 entries

Sort a glossary. Glossary head contains a header phrase ending with ':' and glossary body has multi line text indented with a tab.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #69 / 71
  • Number of attempts: 1
comments galore - 967 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #160 / 409
  • Number of attempts: 1
Scrambled numbers - 772 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #105 / 179
  • Number of attempts: 3
Alsa configuration - 481 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #74 / 123
  • Number of attempts: 5
Align commas - 1021 entries

There are 15,000 aligning challenges on vimgolf.com, and they're all exactly the same. I hope this one is a little different.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #169 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reorder the groups - 1102 entries

Change the order so that the groups of fruit come before the vegetables.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #74 / 250
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add Go XML to structure tags - 143 entries

The Go programming language can directly map XML to structure fields. Add the correct XML tag after each field.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #6 / 60
  • Number of attempts: 3
Restore order to the alphabet - 162 entries

The numbers are OK. The letters are wonky.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #26 / 61
  • Number of attempts: 2
Array transposition - 2289 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #55 / 429
  • Number of attempts: 8
Mirror Symmetry - 753 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #115 / 258
  • Number of attempts: 1
From A to B - 542 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #61 / 151
  • Number of attempts: 3
Collect List - 4168 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #58 / 1163
  • Number of attempts: 3
camel riding - 741 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #177 / 265
  • Number of attempts: 2
readability - 304 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #58 / 144
  • Number of attempts: 3
Space out the alphabet - 1573 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #210 / 429
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fix the XML - 956 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #123 / 277
  • Number of attempts: 5
Line 'em up! - 361 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: 20
  • Position: #58 / 103
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15702 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1573 / 4104
  • Number of attempts: 2
Shift down - 189 entries

Number words are back.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #44 / 65
  • Number of attempts: 1
-a-b-c- - 3103 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #562 / 1106
  • Number of attempts: 1
Count both ways - 936 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #222 / 335
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10522 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2001 / 3632
  • Number of attempts: 2
attr_aligner - 3378 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #233 / 680
  • Number of attempts: 4
quotes inside quotes - 3017 entries

taken from tip 85 of the very good book 'Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought' ! I'd be interested what people use :)

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #842 / 1041
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12703 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #2613 / 3909
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remove noise from HTTP log - 653 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: #173 / 256
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 11522 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #2259 / 3380
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5908 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #586 / 1462
  • Number of attempts: 2
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