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Simple, Practical, and Common - 32758 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: 26
  • Position: #3410 / 7239
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values - 4401 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #405 / 1233
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 18278 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #1341 / 3768
  • Number of attempts: 5
V to the i - 4605 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1185 / 1842
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 2075 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #290 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 3
Every other line - 2781 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #305 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 4
Copy three lines - 2755 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #300 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 2
Extract argument from function - 2194 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #433 / 723
  • Number of attempts: 2
Start coding format - 128 entries

I used to start coding with following format: int main(){ -(cursor here) }

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #21 / 63
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4580 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #944 / 1516
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2464 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #447 / 674
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 11080 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2292 / 4091
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make HTML List - 982 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #112 / 259
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 879 entries

A novice Python using prints Hello World! and a pro shows him different way. Using vim to get into pro style from novice, win the challenge.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #168 / 339
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5395 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #497 / 1219
  • 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: #83 / 153
  • Number of attempts: 2
replace 2nd column blanks with values in same column if blank - 209 entries

Where ,SOMELOGB and ,SOMELOGC replaces each /r carriage return if 2nd column is blank. The replace only happens if 2nd column is blank though and should replace up to the non blank row.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #35 / 72
  • Number of attempts: 2
underscore_to_camelCase - 147 entries

Pointy haired boss decided we need to switch to camelCase. Let's get this over with.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #59 / 74
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7434 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #873 / 2016
  • Number of attempts: 4
7th Birthday - 180 entries

We have a bunch of numbers written from 0 to 9 in the order present in the text input file. The task is to create 7 by replacing the numbers with dashes.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #59 / 69
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: #67 / 79
  • Number of attempts: 1
Paragraph sort - 394 entries

My large herbivorous mammals, Vim commands, and POSIX utilities need to be sorted separately.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #60 / 114
  • Number of attempts: 3
Sort files from hosts - 137 entries

Resume files by host. I hope you enjoy with this challenge

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #36 / 62
  • Number of attempts: 1
Order and join - 853 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #88 / 235
  • Number of attempts: 3
Paragraph breaks - 477 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #118 / 158
  • Number of attempts: 2
comments galore - 956 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #211 / 406
  • Number of attempts: 1
Inner hyphens - 121 entries

Yet another hyphen challenge. Adding 5 hyphens to a file shouldn't be too hard.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #62 / 75
  • Number of attempts: 1
Replace and keep the case - 390 entries

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

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #72 / 109
  • Number of attempts: 2
A grid of punctuation - 112 entries

Create a checkerboard of = and - in an 80×24 grid!

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #35 / 52
  • Number of attempts: 2
Mirror Symmetry - 752 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #100 / 257
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap assigned value - 527 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #211 / 227
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 4149 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #933 / 1160
  • Number of attempts: 2
camel riding - 734 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #221 / 263
  • Number of attempts: 1
readability - 298 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #123 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 2
Space out the alphabet - 1543 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #312 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fix the XML - 934 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #161 / 273
  • Number of attempts: 2
Mute the second method of this script - 429 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #203 / 228
  • Number of attempts: 2
Condensed Cases - 735 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: 17
  • Position: #188 / 226
  • Number of attempts: 1
Happy TvvO - 378 entries

Don’t forget the past, learn from it. Happy New Year.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #121 / 189
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15656 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #3401 / 4097
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 3077 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #342 / 1099
  • Number of attempts: 2
Count both ways - 932 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #247 / 333
  • Number of attempts: 2
Gray area - 674 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #96 / 252
  • Number of attempts: 2
Don't know what this is - 1919 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: 15
  • Position: #390 / 563
  • Number of attempts: 1
Two become one - 699 entries

We have two c arrays and want to make one two dimensional out of it. Can we do that?

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #118 / 201
  • Number of attempts: 1
Where should I put the Newline? - 830 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #374 / 415
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mess in revision history - 1117 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #186 / 239
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10511 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2123 / 3628
  • Number of attempts: 3
quotes inside quotes - 2996 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: 3
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #609 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12682 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #2634 / 3905
  • Number of attempts: 3
Hole-in-one - 963 entries

Lets take this golf thing literally.. Drive off the tee into the hole, and of course you don't strike the ball completely clean.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #138 / 294
  • Number of attempts: 1
Delete unwanted lines - 350 entries

Delete all lines which does not end in "o.."

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #160 / 210
  • Number of attempts: 1
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1452 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: #218 / 413
  • Number of attempts: 1
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 983 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #280 / 408
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2310 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #447 / 702
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2744 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #598 / 725
  • Number of attempts: 1
Switch function arguments - 1945 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #386 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 3
Append semicolon after expressions - 923 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #219 / 375
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 18
  • Position: #229 / 256
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4865 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #880 / 1689
  • Number of attempts: 2
The meaning - 515 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #262 / 330
  • Number of attempts: 1
Numbering a List - 1782 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #313 / 612
  • Number of attempts: 2
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1113 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!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #261 / 372
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shebangs for all - 1730 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: 15
  • Position: #257 / 460
  • Number of attempts: 2
A Simple One - 876 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: #444 / 585
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1174 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #351 / 479
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make Fancy Header - 929 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #267 / 313
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1286 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #354 / 498
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort and add attributes - 1123 entries

Sort the states and add the attribute country to each record.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #300 / 460
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 11391 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1487 / 3347
  • Number of attempts: 1
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