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Simple, Practical, and Common - 32881 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
  • Position: #974 / 7266
  • Number of attempts: 7
One number per line - 18369 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #1679 / 3786
  • Number of attempts: 2
Separate the lines - 155 entries

Every other line is mixed up. Separate them into their original texts.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #9 / 84
  • Number of attempts: 3
V to the i - 4635 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1232 / 1855
  • Number of attempts: 1
Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 565 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #301 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 1
multiple cursor alternative - 1441 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: 20
  • Position: #93 / 368
  • Number of attempts: 5
From argument to object - 1258 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: 18
  • Position: #175 / 416
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2821 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #469 / 685
  • Number of attempts: 1
Copy three lines - 2786 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #255 / 624
  • Number of attempts: 1
Start coding format - 129 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #53 / 64
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4644 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #808 / 1539
  • Number of attempts: 3
That hyphen - 2488 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #165 / 680
  • Number of attempts: 3
comment and uncomment code inline - 984 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: 10
  • Position: #162 / 294
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 11124 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #927 / 4109
  • Number of attempts: 2
Un"finnish"ed Work - 105 entries

Replace å by a, ä by a and ö by o.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #25 / 55
  • Number of attempts: 1
Todo list specification - 363 entries

The every item on the todo list must be done today. Modify the list to reflect that.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #102 / 167
  • Number of attempts: 3
Text to HTML Table - 157 entries

Turn the plain text table to an HTML table.

  • Best score: 52
  • Best player score: 56
  • Position: #27 / 46
  • Number of attempts: 2
Stairstep digits - 240 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #25 / 115
  • Number of attempts: 2
Missing Library and a Typo - 830 entries

I forgot to add a c library, please add it for me. Also I'm bad at typing so fix my typo too.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #118 / 204
  • Number of attempts: 3
Basic renumbering - 5422 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #75 / 1225
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple addition - 293 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #17 / 108
  • Number of attempts: 2
Hidden Message - 62 entries

Find the hidden message and replace all other characters with spaces.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #16 / 26
  • Number of attempts: 4
Interactive git rebase changing commands - 156 entries

How to change the action of some commits in git rebase dialog.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #9 / 74
  • Number of attempts: 1
create arrows in a list - 86 entries

Add arrow at same distance

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #39 / 61
  • Number of attempts: 1
Adam's challenge - 913 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: 23
  • Position: #203 / 256
  • Number of attempts: 1
Create Leading Zeros - 204 entries

Create leading zeros only for id columns. Please use generic approach!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #48 / 76
  • Number of attempts: 3
Create a table - 302 entries

Convert the given input into a formatted table

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #47 / 98
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 794 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: 17
  • Position: #198 / 270
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7508 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #888 / 2038
  • Number of attempts: 3
7th Birthday - 182 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: 22
  • Position: #31 / 70
  • Number of attempts: 4
Free hyphen! - 146 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: 9
  • Position: #15 / 80
  • Number of attempts: 3
Sort files from hosts - 142 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #17 / 64
  • Number of attempts: 2
Scrambled numbers - 772 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #97 / 179
  • Number of attempts: 3
Hello ${world} - 293 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #2 / 92
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add Go XML to structure tags - 148 entries

The Go programming language can directly map XML to structure fields. Add the correct XML tag after each field.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 50
  • Position: #62 / 64
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array transposition - 2295 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #221 / 430
  • Number of attempts: 3
Mirror Symmetry - 760 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #157 / 259
  • Number of attempts: 2
Collect List - 4172 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #950 / 1165
  • Number of attempts: 1
camel riding - 742 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #135 / 266
  • Number of attempts: 3
Winning streak - 113 entries

Make the number on each line equal the consecutive L's or W's.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #29 / 48
  • Number of attempts: 2
increment by column in XML - 143 entries

modify an arbitrary "column" in an xml table by incrementing a an arbitrary placeholder string

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #43 / 51
  • Number of attempts: 1
Happy TvvO - 383 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #124 / 193
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15712 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #1304 / 4109
  • Number of attempts: 3
Shift down - 189 entries

Number words are back.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #45 / 65
  • Number of attempts: 1
Lisp Condense - 426 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #96 / 150
  • Number of attempts: 2
Where should I put the Newline? - 837 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #191 / 420
  • Number of attempts: 2
quotes inside quotes - 3020 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
  • Position: #878 / 1043
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12729 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1569 / 3917
  • Number of attempts: 4
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 381 entries

Someone has vandalized this text file and replaced the beginning character of one word in each line with a Big "X." Please remove the big X's, and fix each line to read "The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog."

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #78 / 178
  • Number of attempts: 1
Saving the hashes(#) - 1949 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: 29
  • Position: #343 / 466
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4903 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1482 / 1699
  • Number of attempts: 2
Generate English Alphabets - 433 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #135 / 193
  • Number of attempts: 2
Numbering a List - 1827 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #127 / 624
  • Number of attempts: 3
The Cake is a Lie - 1190 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #235 / 485
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add fold markers to a .c file - 479 entries

Fold markers can make it easier to navigate source code. Add them to this .c file.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #119 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 11594 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #2309 / 3403
  • Number of attempts: 1
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