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Played Challenges

SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 979 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: 29
  • Number of attempts: 2
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge5 - 94 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 3
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge4 - 62 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add string initializers to an enum - 699 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 4
Join 'em - 192 entries

This shouldn't be too tough

  • Best score: 4
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 9647 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 2
Box it - 7286 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
move titles next to url, in quotes - 411 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
Delete to the end of the current line - 692 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: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3288 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 568 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: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2623 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 372 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: 45
  • Number of attempts: 1
convert yml into java pojo field - 784 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: 30
  • Number of attempts: 3
Learn some german verbs - 450 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 1
From argument to object - 1232 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: 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 950 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: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 767 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: 39
  • Number of attempts: 1
Order and join - 813 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 7234 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32086 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: 4
Just the middle - 10922 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 4
I forgot quotes - 15300 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 3
That hyphen - 2411 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract argument from function - 2146 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10419 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
attr_aligner - 3295 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 3
quotes inside quotes - 2973 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: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Saving the hashes(#) - 1889 entries

The following file is copied from vimcasts.org(Its only for learning purpose,hope the site owner doesn't mind it), its probably the easiest of challenges.Our goal is to delete every line which doesn't contain a hash signs. The remaining hash signs with numbers are then sorted to get the final output.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 8
switch variable - 4806 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4482 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 11242 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: 4
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