Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

Pick a challenge, fire up Vim, and show us what you got.

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$ vimgolf put [challenge ID]

Played Challenges

Swap values inside brackets - 2105 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
One number per line - 16233 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Adam's challenge - 884 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: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 6839 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 11978 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 364 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/9fvsro/what_is_the_most_efficient_way_to_go_about/

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple, Practical, and Common - 29804 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: 27
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4613 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Change name of a variable - 146 entries

Replace the name of the $variable with the fastest move possible. The challenge is having a command that allow you to easily change the variable name even if its indented.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Combines all items - 250 entries

For each line that starts with the same number I want to combine its contents

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple addition - 239 entries

The right side of the equation is already there. We just need the left one now.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2376 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 14269 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 4
Every other line - 2485 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
replace 2nd column blanks with values in same column if blank - 192 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: 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
Space out the alphabet - 1463 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Nesting SASS - 235 entries

Move a block inside another block and indent it

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 4
Word frequency alignment - 211 entries

You've got to align the second column, but the spacing is inconvenient and there are nasty tabs in the way. If you're a "real Vim ninja," this could be very quick indeed...

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 10328 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 931 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: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Switch function arguments - 1876 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2379 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
replacing each line of a block selection - 2682 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
-a-b-c- - 2857 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 756 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: 18
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10075 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
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