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Played Challenges

V to the i - 4641 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #261 / 1857
  • Number of attempts: 3
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1120 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: #169 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add semicolons - 10545 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #2157 / 2989
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4681 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #900 / 1550
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11141 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #3292 / 4114
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make HTML List - 987 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 50
  • Position: #190 / 261
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5436 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #696 / 1228
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add to end of each line... kinda - 290 entries

Visual-block mode can be used to add something to the end of each line, even if they are of differing lengths. However, what if it's not quite at the end?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #113 / 156
  • Number of attempts: 1
Line under headers - 1918 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #256 / 472
  • Number of attempts: 1
Assign numbers to fields - 93 entries

You are given a list of space-separated strings. Add an increasing numeric prefix to each one.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #7 / 52
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap assigned value - 561 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #188 / 236
  • Number of attempts: 2
Cartesian product - 217 entries

{1,2,3,4,5} X {1,2,3,4,5}

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #73 / 91
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change your calendar - 300 entries

Happy New Year!

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #65 / 79
  • Number of attempts: 1
VimGolfNight - 505 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #9 / 330
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15749 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2435 / 4117
  • Number of attempts: 1
-a-b-c- - 3122 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #881 / 1113
  • Number of attempts: 2
Where should I put the Newline? - 845 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #408 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10538 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #1788 / 3638
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letter case trickery - 1553 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: 13
  • Position: #385 / 500
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 3030 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: 16
  • Position: #498 / 1045
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 338 entries

"Sort by popularity" is a good order to play the challenges. Not perfect, but you could do a lot worse. ;) Input is a sample copy-pasted from vimgolf.com. Some of the challenge names have digits that will get in your way, so read ":help :sort" for hints on sorting with a regex. When you're done, try your solution on the full list!

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #81 / 102
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1334 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 2
Pairs of numbers - 345 entries

Line 1 represents x, line 2 y-data. Bring the corresponding pairs in the form "[x,y]\n"

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #50 / 129
  • Number of attempts: 2
Hole-in-one - 978 entries

Lets take this golf thing literally.. Drive off the tee into the hole, and of course you don't strike the ball completely clean.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #155 / 298
  • Number of attempts: 3
Parsing with CSV: Unify lines and result. - 164 entries

col1;col2;col3;col4 A;1;4;5 A;3;4; A;1;4; # New output: col1;col2;col3;col4 A;1(2x);3;4(3x);5 any ideas?

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #63 / 72
  • Number of attempts: 1
Word frequency alignment - 245 entries

You've got to align the second column, but the spacing is inconvenient and there are nasty tabs in the way. If you're a "real Vim ninja," this could be very quick indeed...

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #71 / 146
  • Number of attempts: 2
A simple change - 401 entries

Just change the numbers in the most efficient way ...

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #84 / 177
  • Number of attempts: 1
The name of the game - 629 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #118 / 344
  • Number of attempts: 1
SFD-ROC: Pipe Dreams - 98 entries

Move the pipes so they match the output.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #41 / 44
  • Number of attempts: 1
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 1015 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #36 / 420
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vertical Limit - 2377 entries

transform a succession of one word lines to a an array of strings

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #202 / 719
  • Number of attempts: 3
Append semicolon after expressions - 958 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #293 / 388
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4945 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1288 / 1708
  • Number of attempts: 1
The meaning - 523 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #191 / 338
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove dupes from array - 1290 entries

given a random string that contains a ruby-esque array, make sure that there are no duplicate elements

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #141 / 325
  • Number of attempts: 3
Numbering a List - 1832 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #125 / 627
  • Number of attempts: 4
The holy-grail may help - 322 entries

Can you find it in less than 20 strokes, Arthur?

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #123 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1172 entries

Rubyists talk about being cutting edge but how many are using 1.9 in production? Time to convert those verbose 1.8 hashes in to symbolic, succinct 1.9 beauties!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #282 / 386
  • Number of attempts: 1
A Simple One - 934 entries

Here is a very simple one - just to illustrate/introduce a vim feature that some people seem to miss...

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #333 / 617
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment, increment, increment.... - 591 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #241 / 378
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1215 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #148 / 491
  • Number of attempts: 5
Context insensitive completion 0 - 474 entries

Buried in the lines you're not supposed to add is the line "Add this line!" Add that line to the top of the file.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #180 / 223
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make Fancy Header - 978 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #174 / 329
  • Number of attempts: 3
Change the content of a string - 1354 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #412 / 522
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort and add attributes - 1211 entries

Sort the states and add the attribute country to each record.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #299 / 490
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1160 entries

Get the sentence back in the proper order, remove duplicate lines, and then combine the separate lines into one.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #180 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 11657 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1037 / 3418
  • Number of attempts: 3
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