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Played Challenges

simple replacements - 285 entries

The goal is to see the replacement commands in action.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 3
Inverting Lines - 521 entries

A simple challenge to invert all lines, except the first.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
CSV to MD format - 130 entries

To convert a CSV list to Markdown list

  • Best score: 36
  • Best player score: 40
  • Number of attempts: 3
Python dataclasses - 168 entries

Simple challenge to extract fields from a Python class

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
RUST Cargo.toml version to last - 134 entries

RUST Cargo.toml version to last. rusty practice on vimgolf

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Modernise code - 444 entries

Modernise and clean up some C++ code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 3
Enumerate Bullets - 86 entries

We will need to refer to the bullet points in our document explicitly later, so we need to assign them some ID's!

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 8
swap number pairs - 1038 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 4
HS Final exam vimgolf - 463 entries

Change the initial file to a single line containing all names comma-separated with numbers inside parentheses.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
Python: Def to Lambda - 135 entries

LAMBDA!!!

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Rural Post - 3649 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
Levenshtein distance - 62 entries

Compute distance for each pair. Notice that this recursive implementation is very inefficient. Wagner-Fischer algorithm is iterative and much faster. #vimscript

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 5
Satisfy the go linter - 1468 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
  • Number of attempts: 4
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 467 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Multiline to Single Line - 290 entries

Convert a multiline, indented file to a single line with no whitespace

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Data reformat - 199 entries

Reformat this copy-paste data! #csv

  • Best score: 38
  • Best player score: 38
  • Number of attempts: 8
xrandr outputs and dashes - 498 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
  • Number of attempts: 1
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 571 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
  • Number of attempts: 9
Capitalize the Names - 220 entries

I want to capitalize the names in quotes, but just the people's names, not the file names.

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 4
Yo To Hello - 839 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
C# function to F# - 7 entries

Converting from C# to F# is not hard, but requires some manual labor. Here you should convert a C# function using a C# class to a F# function using a C# class.

  • Best score: 108
  • Best player score: 112
  • Number of attempts: 1
C# data class to F# record - 51 entries

Converting from C# to F# is not hard, but requires some manual labor. Here you should convert from a C# data class to a F# record.

  • Best score: 63
  • Best player score: 63
  • Number of attempts: 10
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 867 entries

For each line replace a search pattern (in this case $) with numbers starting at 1 and then increasing by 1 for each replaced match. a$b$c$ -> a0b1c2

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32690 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
  • Number of attempts: 8
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 769 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 7
Get mail address from outlook format - 496 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 4
Add text at some column - 125 entries

Complete golang struct statement.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 5
Swap values - 4374 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 7
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5728 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 10
One number per line - 18195 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 7
Right Align Part of the line - 49 entries

The challenge is to right align a part of the line - this is useful in some SQL queries where it's more clear which are the fields displayed

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 7
Quote modules - 969 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 10
Aliases for cd - 778 entries

Create these beautiful aliases with as few strokes as possible. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 13
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge2 - 156 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values inside brackets - 2403 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Unsemantic linewrapping - 798 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
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 4595 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2697 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add string initializers to an enum - 725 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 5
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1061 entries

Convert strings in SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case. Examples: EMPLOYEE_NAME -> Employee Name REVENUE_YEAR_TO_DATE -> Revenue Year To Date SALARY -> Salary

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 9
Add semicolons - 10409 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 8
Bad Copy Syntax - 1881 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 4
Split line with dots - 2075 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3410 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 3
Com(m)a Trouble - 3270 entries

Someone was real stupid when placing his commas. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
citizen_hacks_2019_part2 - 8 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition

  • Best score: 41
  • Best player score: 43
  • Number of attempts: 2
Box it - 7605 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 11
multiple cursor alternative - 1410 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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 6
html paragraph to table - 583 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 56
  • Number of attempts: 4
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 682 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2769 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 11
Copy three lines - 2749 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 5
Search and Replace 0 - 4515 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 5
Just the middle - 11073 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
Team names - 1752 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Splits long lines in more readable ones - 10 entries

Those tests have too long lines. We have to split the to have more readable ones. This is based on a real project with Ruby and RSpec.

  • Best score: 54
  • Best player score: 54
  • Number of attempts: 5
Basic renumbering - 5393 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
ninja substitution - 1200 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 6
Vice versa - 7386 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 5
Triangle of arrows - 101 entries

I made this by accident when working on another challenge. How would you go about making this?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 8
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge4 - 63 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
One to Ten - 2034 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
  • Number of attempts: 7
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge5 - 106 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
Line under headers - 1851 entries

Put a line under each header, and remove the other markdown formatting.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 9
Increment each number - 922 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 5
Delete to the end of the current line - 700 entries

Delete to the end of the current line, but keep the character under the cursor.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 3
change parenthesis - 235 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Put the months in order - 885 entries

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

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 48
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reorder the groups - 1066 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array transposition - 2234 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 4138 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
Config Sections - 38 entries

Section me!

  • Best score: 43
  • Best player score: 47
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 15634 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 8
-a-b-c- - 3077 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10509 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 12676 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Alphabet soup - 312 entries

Create a column of all alphabet characters organized in a funky way

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 5
Remove semicolons after expressions - 508 entries

A follow-up for http://vimgolf.com/challenges/4fc9d767d3a0d4000100000e.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4863 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 8
Simple text editing with Vim - 11334 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 8
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5781 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 6
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