Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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Played Challenges

Capitalize the Names - 235 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
  • Position: #8 / 63
  • Number of attempts: 2
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 898 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
  • Position: #9 / 184
  • Number of attempts: 8
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32743 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: 24
  • Position: #2998 / 7235
  • Number of attempts: 8
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5776 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #165 / 1421
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 18223 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #2326 / 3759
  • Number of attempts: 4
Separate the lines - 152 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #68 / 82
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add semicolons - 10429 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #535 / 2954
  • Number of attempts: 7
From argument to object - 1250 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: #167 / 412
  • Number of attempts: 3
comment and uncomment code inline - 973 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: 3
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #52 / 291
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 11078 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2413 / 4089
  • Number of attempts: 3
Adam's challenge - 903 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
  • Position: #38 / 251
  • Number of attempts: 4
Vice versa - 7413 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #296 / 2010
  • Number of attempts: 5
Add Go XML to structure tags - 143 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: 28
  • Position: #29 / 60
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15639 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #2844 / 4095
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10509 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2175 / 3627
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12677 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #784 / 3903
  • Number of attempts: 4
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