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Simple, Practical, and Common - 32992 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: #324 / 7283
  • Number of attempts: 12
Swap values - 4482 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #243 / 1245
  • Number of attempts: 4
One number per line - 18426 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #1193 / 3799
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap values inside brackets - 2437 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #131 / 562
  • Number of attempts: 6
V to the i - 4645 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #591 / 1859
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap the operands under comparison - 259 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #10 / 94
  • Number of attempts: 5
Split line with dots - 2111 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #226 / 624
  • Number of attempts: 4
multiple cursor alternative - 1448 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: #149 / 370
  • Number of attempts: 8
From argument to object - 1433 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: 17
  • Position: #101 / 437
  • Number of attempts: 3
Copy three lines - 2815 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #103 / 628
  • Number of attempts: 8
Search and Replace 0 - 4695 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #531 / 1556
  • Number of attempts: 3
Number Sort - 291 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
  • Position: #68 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 11261 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1149 / 4135
  • Number of attempts: 3
Team names - 1780 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #176 / 571
  • Number of attempts: 3
Learn some german verbs - 519 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #105 / 127
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 239 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #97 / 129
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7563 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #394 / 2054
  • Number of attempts: 6
comments galore - 970 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #130 / 410
  • Number of attempts: 1
Replace and keep the case - 395 entries

Replace all instance of plugin and Plugin to device and Device.

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #28 / 111
  • Number of attempts: 4
Hello ${world} - 293 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #24 / 92
  • Number of attempts: 8
Array transposition - 2312 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2 / 431
  • Number of attempts: 7
convert yml into java pojo field - 820 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
  • Position: #27 / 218
  • Number of attempts: 4
Collect List - 4190 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #170 / 1169
  • Number of attempts: 8
I forgot quotes - 15769 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #778 / 4119
  • Number of attempts: 7
-a-b-c- - 3125 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #240 / 1114
  • Number of attempts: 4
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10555 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1302 / 3642
  • Number of attempts: 6
attr_aligner - 3402 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #432 / 685
  • Number of attempts: 4
quotes inside quotes - 3051 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
  • Position: #296 / 1050
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12769 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #640 / 3925
  • Number of attempts: 14
Array Transposition - 168 entries

Transpose four arrays into two.

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #14 / 50
  • Number of attempts: 6
switch variable - 4963 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #931 / 1712
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 11705 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #546 / 3430
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6066 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #162 / 1496
  • Number of attempts: 8
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