Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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Played Challenges

Greek Letters - 50 entries

Starting with a list of Greek letters, create a cross-reference table showing all of the Greek alpha-beta. You'll likely need to use digraphs (:help digraphs). Note that while most digraphs can be entered with either character first, lowercase sigma has two digraphs -- s* AND *s! Good luck!

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 91
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 2845 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: 3
Simple text editing with Vim - 10708 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: 2
Com(m)a Trouble - 2192 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
Adam's challenge - 833 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: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2040 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Extract argument from function - 2061 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 736 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: 1
Simple, Practical, and Common - 27234 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: 6
Vice versa - 6313 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2265 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5570 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values - 3794 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
ninja substitution - 792 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 11449 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 9767 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values inside brackets - 1802 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Return the cow - 71 entries

This cow is too verbose. Give it a lesson.

  • Best score: 52
  • Best player score: 96
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9782 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 863 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: 1
Letter case trickery - 1451 entries

This file is in a downright esoteric format, consisting of hexadecimal numbers, non-hexadecimal keywords, and "Z" indicating end-of-line. Make the hexadecimal numbers lowercase.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 2267 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 3638 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 1
Team names - 1539 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
attr_aligner - 3087 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 4162 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 12896 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 6
Split line with dots - 1924 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Missing Library and a Typo - 742 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
  • Number of attempts: 2
From argument to object - 1135 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: 1
Add semicolons - 4915 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 4854 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 4
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 326 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: 34
  • Number of attempts: 3
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 540 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 14452 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 4
replacing each line of a block selection - 2604 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 4
Array Transposition - 151 entries

Transpose four arrays into two.

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 2
Bad Copy Syntax - 1122 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 3
html paragraph to table - 451 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 55
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remember FizzBuzz? - 537 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 50
  • Number of attempts: 8
multiple cursor alternative - 1191 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
  • Number of attempts: 1
Refactor typescript arrow function type - 106 entries

Make arrow function type less verbose and easier to read

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 4
Split the words - 334 entries

Add the spaces manually if you must, but if you use Vim's spell checking feature wisely, I think you'll save a LARGE number of strokes.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
Box it - 4511 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
Copy three lines - 2256 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: 4
convert yml into java pojo field - 720 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: 29
  • Number of attempts: 3
Line under headers - 759 entries

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

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
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