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Played Challenges

Yo To Hello - 1051 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #154 / 483
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32962 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: 23
  • Position: #2616 / 7276
  • Number of attempts: 7
Swap values - 4440 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #479 / 1241
  • Number of attempts: 5
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5977 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #578 / 1468
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 18395 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #534 / 3793
  • Number of attempts: 9
Swap values inside brackets - 2433 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #177 / 561
  • Number of attempts: 2
Unsemantic linewrapping - 837 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: 10
  • Position: #99 / 210
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 4641 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1364 / 1857
  • Number of attempts: 3
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2751 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #368 / 815
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add semicolons - 10545 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #844 / 2989
  • Number of attempts: 6
Bad Copy Syntax - 1938 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #54 / 493
  • Number of attempts: 4
Split line with dots - 2103 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #148 / 623
  • Number of attempts: 14
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3454 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #226 / 1121
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 7682 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #136 / 1836
  • Number of attempts: 9
multiple cursor alternative - 1447 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: #163 / 369
  • Number of attempts: 6
From argument to object - 1262 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: #114 / 417
  • Number of attempts: 4
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 711 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #74 / 167
  • Number of attempts: 3
Every other line - 2829 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #243 / 686
  • Number of attempts: 11
Copy three lines - 2801 entries

If the site is up (by some miracle), make the text under every header identical.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #332 / 625
  • Number of attempts: 4
Extract argument from function - 2218 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #232 / 729
  • Number of attempts: 3
Search and Replace 0 - 4681 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #594 / 1550
  • Number of attempts: 2
That hyphen - 2500 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #257 / 683
  • Number of attempts: 9
comment and uncomment code inline - 995 entries

It's very useful to be able to comment out a block of code in a quick edit. And likewise to uncomment the code. This operation often involves multi-line stanzas and even large blocks. With just line-wise navigation and insert mode this would cost you about 4 keystrokes per line. Master this hole of VimGolf and you'll quickly drop your key count in day to day Vim as well.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #121 / 296
  • Number of attempts: 4
Just the middle - 11141 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2836 / 4114
  • Number of attempts: 2
Team names - 1780 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #232 / 571
  • Number of attempts: 4
For all cases. - 127 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #67 / 91
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5436 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #176 / 1228
  • Number of attempts: 2
Adam's challenge - 916 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: 19
  • Position: #116 / 257
  • Number of attempts: 5
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 798 entries

Get rid of the '%' symbols and shift the decimal place. This is the easier version - all the columns line up.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #132 / 273
  • Number of attempts: 1
ninja substitution - 1302 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #96 / 248
  • Number of attempts: 6
Vice versa - 7537 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #780 / 2049
  • Number of attempts: 3
Order and join - 881 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #119 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 3
Paragraph breaks - 483 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #78 / 160
  • Number of attempts: 3
comments galore - 970 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #278 / 410
  • Number of attempts: 1
Scrambled numbers - 772 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #47 / 179
  • Number of attempts: 4
Align commas - 1040 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: 13
  • Position: #101 / 236
  • Number of attempts: 7
One to Ten - 2095 entries

Generate the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10, one number per line. Inspired by this Reddit thread: https://redd.it/ak4it2

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #134 / 642
  • Number of attempts: 4
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 604 entries

Change the middle part of the function name in multiple places, preferably using the next and dot commands.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #102 / 192
  • Number of attempts: 2
Increment each number - 946 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #160 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 3
Join 'em - 229 entries

This shouldn't be too tough

  • Best score: 4
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #83 / 135
  • Number of attempts: 1
change parenthesis - 251 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #29 / 140
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove quotes after first field - 322 entries

Remove the quotes around each field except for the first field.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #39 / 80
  • Number of attempts: 7
Put the months in order - 915 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #56 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 7
Reorder the groups - 1112 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #96 / 252
  • Number of attempts: 7
Array transposition - 2312 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #140 / 431
  • Number of attempts: 15
convert yml into java pojo field - 818 entries

How fast vim can create fields for java pojo i.e class declaration referring to a (simple) yml file

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #184 / 217
  • Number of attempts: 1
Assign numbers to fields - 93 entries

You are given a list of space-separated strings. Add an increasing numeric prefix to each one.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #41 / 52
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap assigned value - 561 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #176 / 236
  • Number of attempts: 3
Collect List - 4184 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #594 / 1167
  • Number of attempts: 7
camel riding - 745 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #140 / 267
  • Number of attempts: 3
Space out the alphabet - 1595 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #122 / 434
  • Number of attempts: 5
I forgot quotes - 15748 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #2986 / 4116
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 3122 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #383 / 1113
  • Number of attempts: 2
Count both ways - 962 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #82 / 342
  • Number of attempts: 4
Gray area - 707 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #113 / 261
  • Number of attempts: 3
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1107 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #95 / 292
  • Number of attempts: 8
Don't know what this is - 1951 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: #219 / 572
  • Number of attempts: 5
Where should I put the Newline? - 845 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #389 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mess in revision history - 1143 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #90 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 12
Going underground.... - 315 entries

Simple reformatting: in this case changing from the format London underground supplies its customers with, to the format that Google Calendar likes...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #9 / 122
  • Number of attempts: 8
attr_aligner - 3402 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #182 / 685
  • Number of attempts: 13
Letter case trickery - 1553 entries

This file is in a downright esoteric format, consisting of hexadecimal numbers, non-hexadecimal keywords, and "Z" indicating end-of-line. Make the hexadecimal numbers lowercase.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #160 / 500
  • Number of attempts: 3
quotes inside quotes - 3030 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: 15
  • Position: #473 / 1045
  • Number of attempts: 5
Top X - 189 entries

The End File is the Top 10 Vimgolf Leaderboard at June 29, 2013. This is a second version, with a great contribution of @udioica. X is ten in Roman,a numeric system in ancient Rome

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #19 / 68
  • Number of attempts: 4
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1709 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 6
Prefixes and suffixes - 567 entries

Generate all prefixes of "vimchallenge", then all suffixes.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #36 / 185
  • Number of attempts: 5
SFD-ROC: Tic-Tac-Toe - 131 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.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #9 / 49
  • Number of attempts: 7
lamb had a little Mary - 559 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #47 / 157
  • Number of attempts: 6
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1510 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: #232 / 424
  • Number of attempts: 6
ASCII-art Histogram - 285 entries

Create an ASCCI-art histogram for the given numbers. Make sure not to leave trailing whitespaces. Thanks to VimGolf I recently discovered a feature of Vim thAT blew my mind. I'm curious to see what real ninjas make of it ;-)

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #31 / 51
  • Number of attempts: 7
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 1015 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #304 / 420
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vertical Limit - 2377 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #165 / 719
  • Number of attempts: 5
replacing each line of a block selection - 2816 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #201 / 736
  • Number of attempts: 10
Switch function arguments - 1985 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #301 / 628
  • Number of attempts: 2
Append semicolon after expressions - 958 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #235 / 388
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remove noise from HTTP log - 665 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: 15
  • Position: #128 / 262
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 4945 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #941 / 1708
  • Number of attempts: 1
The meaning - 523 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #289 / 338
  • Number of attempts: 1
Line Zipper - 443 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #188 / 206
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove dupes from array - 1290 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: 18
  • Position: #99 / 325
  • Number of attempts: 5
Case preserving word replacement - 436 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #75 / 175
  • Number of attempts: 4
It'ss tooo coold too typpe todaay - 209 entries

My hands are numb with cold. It's hard to type correctly.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #26 / 95
  • Number of attempts: 4
HTML to Haml - 820 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #130 / 199
  • Number of attempts: 2
expand a list comprehension (python) - 291 entries

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

  • Best score: 42
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #22 / 104
  • Number of attempts: 7
Generate English Alphabets - 438 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #17 / 194
  • Number of attempts: 3
Numbering a List - 1832 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #42 / 627
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shebangs for all - 1777 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: 12
  • Position: #144 / 468
  • Number of attempts: 5
A Simple One - 934 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: #499 / 617
  • Number of attempts: 1
Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 228 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #35 / 82
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reverse Simple Deletion - 772 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #340 / 432
  • Number of attempts: 2
The Cake is a Lie - 1215 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #250 / 491
  • Number of attempts: 3
Context Insensitive completion 1 - 436 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #140 / 223
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make Fancy Header - 978 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #199 / 329
  • Number of attempts: 3
Change the content of a string - 1354 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #267 / 522
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6033 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #770 / 1486
  • Number of attempts: 4
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