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Played Challenges

Put the months in order - 628 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 42
  • Number of attempts: 3
Extract argument from function - 2089 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 748 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: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 27796 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: 7
Simple text editing with Vim - 10775 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
Com(m)a Trouble - 2326 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 7
Adam's challenge - 852 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: 18
  • Number of attempts: 6
Every other line - 2307 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 9
-a-b-c- - 2768 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Missing Library and a Typo - 768 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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4290 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values - 3893 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 6438 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 5
One to Ten - 1481 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: 3
Number Sort - 255 entries

sort the list of newline-separated numbers incrementally. Numbers are in the range 1 to 1000, with 500 missing

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Team names - 1576 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
multiple cursor alternative - 1233 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: 5
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 2385 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 4
Delete to the end of the current line - 580 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: 2
That hyphen - 2293 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 4
Collect List - 3678 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
comment and uncomment code inline - 888 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: 9
  • Number of attempts: 3
Order and join - 780 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 7
quotes inside quotes - 2881 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 355 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: 36
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 4194 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4478 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 5660 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 4893 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 9
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2140 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 6
Words in parens - 11597 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 6
I forgot quotes - 13202 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
Array transposition - 1803 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 3
Split line with dots - 1943 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 1
One number per line - 14868 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 10
Don't know what this is - 1822 entries

Replace contents of brackets with matching number of spaces. Don't ask what the format's supposed to be.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 9
replacing each line of a block selection - 2618 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 7
Array Transposition - 159 entries

Transpose four arrays into two.

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 5
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9848 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Space out the alphabet - 1436 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
From argument to object - 1179 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
  • Number of attempts: 4
move titles next to url, in quotes - 377 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values inside brackets - 1917 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap the operands under comparison - 236 entries

Swap the operands under comparison to prevent null pointer exception (at least in java)

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 4878 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 5
Copy three lines - 2299 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 6
convert yml into java pojo field - 752 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: 1
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