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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 32752 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: 25
  • Position: #3202 / 7238
  • Number of attempts: 8
Swap values - 4401 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #514 / 1233
  • Number of attempts: 6
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5800 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #455 / 1427
  • Number of attempts: 12
Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 528 entries

You're replying to an email with silly long lines. Clean them up.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #176 / 337
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4575 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #868 / 1515
  • Number of attempts: 4
comments galore - 956 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #325 / 406
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap assigned value - 527 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #195 / 227
  • Number of attempts: 4
Collect List - 4149 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #1132 / 1160
  • Number of attempts: 4
Fix the XML - 934 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #110 / 273
  • Number of attempts: 8
I forgot quotes - 15647 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2520 / 4096
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 31
  • Position: #1018 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12682 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1187 / 3905
  • Number of attempts: 7
Enumerate words - 226 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #66 / 82
  • Number of attempts: 2
Transposition - 67 entries

Transpose the original lines in separate columns, one for each line.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 97
  • Position: #27 / 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
Groups magic - 140 entries

Regexp or macros for string converting: (a) -> ___ (abc) -> ____ (abcd) -> ______ All in the '(' replace to _ multiply by char count + ()

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #28 / 83
  • Number of attempts: 3
Prefixes and suffixes - 533 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #171 / 175
  • Number of attempts: 2
abcd > a b c d - 250 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #50 / 197
  • Number of attempts: 1
The name of the game - 608 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #313 / 331
  • Number of attempts: 2
lamb had a little Mary - 538 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #51 / 153
  • Number of attempts: 4
Append semicolon after expressions - 923 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #275 / 375
  • Number of attempts: 6
Remove semicolons after expressions - 511 entries

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

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #54 / 225
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4865 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #723 / 1689
  • Number of attempts: 4
The meaning - 515 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #166 / 330
  • Number of attempts: 1
A Simple One - 875 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: #300 / 584
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reverse Simple Deletion - 740 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #248 / 419
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment, increment, increment.... - 531 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #215 / 357
  • Number of attempts: 2
Braces or Brackets? - 645 entries

Someone forgot whether to use braces or brackets and you have to clean up their code!

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 65
  • Position: #226 / 240
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: #1022 / 3347
  • Number of attempts: 14

Contributed Challenges

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 :)

Global Maquereau
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contributed 1 challenges