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C to python code snippet - 36 entries

C code can be easily translated into Python code. However, the difference in syntax can make this process tedious and time-consuming. Can Vim help you here?

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 77
  • Position: #9 / 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mr. Hacker - 33 entries

Elvin is hacker. He has piece of users database from some social net site. Recently he installed Vim, and he wants to convert CSV DB to specific format `key=value' where `key' is login and `value' is password, but password in DB is encrypted in ROT13. Help him.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #14 / 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Python: Def to Lambda - 181 entries

LAMBDA!!!

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #54 / 66
  • Number of attempts: 1
Turn the x - 136 entries

Turn the x to a +

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #32 / 40
  • Number of attempts: 3
Format the CSS - 47 entries

You just copied some CSS color names from the web and need to add them to your python module. Create the COLORS variable and assign a dict() with the names as keys and hex-colors as values. BEWARE OF THE TABS!!

  • Best score: 41
  • Best player score: 47
  • Position: #16 / 21
  • Number of attempts: 3
Rural Post - 3731 entries

Simple challenge to remove all but the post code on each line

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #223 / 919
  • Number of attempts: 5
Levenshtein distance - 62 entries

Compute distance for each pair. Notice that this recursive implementation is very inefficient. Wagner-Fischer algorithm is iterative and much faster. #vimscript

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #17 / 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
Satisfy the go linter - 1524 entries

You just came up with this briliant go vars package. But dang, you forgot to add comments to the exported variables. Can you add a comment over each variable with a TODO-placeholder?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #182 / 316
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 522 entries

You created an ansible playbook, but forgot to add quotes. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #80 / 173
  • Number of attempts: 3
Multiline to Single Line - 328 entries

Convert a multiline, indented file to a single line with no whitespace

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #145 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 1
Data reformat - 207 entries

Reformat this copy-paste data! #csv

  • Best score: 38
  • Best player score: 61
  • Position: #34 / 50
  • Number of attempts: 1
xrandr outputs and dashes - 523 entries

uh oh, different video drivers identify display outputs with more dashes. Quick, need to change this xrandr script!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #75 / 173
  • Number of attempts: 1
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 597 entries

ThunderLinks are durable hyperlinks to specific email messages generated from Thunderbird in HTML format. Leverage the power of vim to make them suitable for a markdown-formatted file.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #103 / 136
  • Number of attempts: 1
Capitalize the Names - 248 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: 33
  • Position: #49 / 65
  • Number of attempts: 1
Yo To Hello - 883 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #198 / 414
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 32
  • Position: #131 / 184
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32746 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: #3307 / 7235
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 784 entries

Given a list of emails, get the students full name and their associated house.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #199 / 225
  • Number of attempts: 2
Get mail address from outlook format - 525 entries

Create a mail list space separated of mail list formatted by outlook

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #136 / 165
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values - 4390 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #939 / 1230
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 11
  • Position: #577 / 1421
  • Number of attempts: 4
One number per line - 18240 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #1929 / 3760
  • Number of attempts: 1
Quote modules - 981 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #112 / 250
  • Number of attempts: 3
Aliases for cd - 781 entries

Create these beautiful aliases with as few strokes as possible. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #58 / 142
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values inside brackets - 2404 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #334 / 555
  • Number of attempts: 1
Unsemantic linewrapping - 806 entries

[Inspired by a blog post I read: https://scott.mn/2014/02/21/semantic_linewrapping/. Text adapted.] Sometimes when editing a Markdown file, I wrap the lines semantically. Instead of inserting a newline at 70 columns (or whatever), or making paragraphs one long line, I put in newlines at a point that seems logical to me. This may seem silly, but it produces better diffs. Semantic linewrapping also makes editing snappier. I can delete, edit or insert sentences easily using linewise operations. Code-oriented text editors like Vim and [REDACTED] are really good at this kind of manipulation. Editing text that hasn't been wrapped semantically is a pain, though:

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #155 / 201
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 4596 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1433 / 1837
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2699 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #229 / 803
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add string initializers to an enum - 726 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #118 / 218
  • Number of attempts: 2
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1064 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: 31
  • Position: #170 / 222
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 10429 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #1828 / 2954
  • Number of attempts: 1
Bad Copy Syntax - 1883 entries

Copy should be from right to left, but sometimes you type it wrong.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #300 / 479
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 2075 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #573 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3419 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #767 / 1108
  • Number of attempts: 2
Com(m)a Trouble - 3284 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #380 / 741
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 7622 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #912 / 1819
  • Number of attempts: 1
Cool or not? - 738 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #160 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 2
multiple cursor alternative - 1413 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: 25
  • Position: #293 / 363
  • Number of attempts: 2
html paragraph to table - 583 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 60
  • Position: #73 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 19
  • Position: #271 / 412
  • Number of attempts: 1
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 691 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #100 / 160
  • Number of attempts: 1
Every other line - 2773 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #503 / 676
  • Number of attempts: 2
Copy three lines - 2751 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #262 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4534 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #982 / 1507
  • Number of attempts: 2
That hyphen - 2464 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #521 / 674
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 11074 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #3056 / 4088
  • Number of attempts: 1
Team names - 1754 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #382 / 564
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5393 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #231 / 1218
  • Number of attempts: 1
ninja substitution - 1238 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #182 / 237
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 7416 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #1608 / 2011
  • Number of attempts: 1
One to Ten - 2055 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
  • Position: #294 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 590 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
  • Position: #160 / 188
  • Number of attempts: 1
Line under headers - 1852 entries

Put a line under each header, and remove the other markdown formatting.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #213 / 459
  • Number of attempts: 2
Increment each number - 922 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #203 / 228
  • Number of attempts: 1
Delete to the end of the current line - 708 entries

Delete to the end of the current line, but keep the character under the cursor.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #236 / 346
  • Number of attempts: 1
Put the months in order - 911 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #57 / 154
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reorder the groups - 1071 entries

Change the order so that the groups of fruit come before the vegetables.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #159 / 246
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array transposition - 2234 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #370 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 1
convert yml into java pojo field - 800 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: 33
  • Position: #154 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 4146 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #982 / 1159
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15639 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2660 / 4095
  • Number of attempts: 1
-a-b-c- - 3077 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #842 / 1099
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10507 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2432 / 3626
  • Number of attempts: 1
attr_aligner - 3347 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #434 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 19
  • Position: #965 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12678 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1799 / 3904
  • Number of attempts: 1
Alphabet soup - 333 entries

Create a column of all alphabet characters organized in a funky way

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #64 / 78
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4863 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #950 / 1688
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 11365 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1913 / 3337
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5804 entries

A simple case of removing unneeded code and fixing broken indentation.

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #894 / 1438
  • Number of attempts: 2
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