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Played Challenges

html paragraph to table - 451 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 104
  • Number of attempts: 1
Com(m)a Trouble - 2177 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 71
  • Number of attempts: 1
multiple cursor alternative - 1179 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: 61
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment each number - 605 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 54
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5570 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 53
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 1922 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 49
  • Number of attempts: 1
Bad Copy Syntax - 1101 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 49
  • Number of attempts: 2
attr_aligner - 3086 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 49
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2168 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 47
  • Number of attempts: 1
One to Ten - 1363 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: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reorder the groups - 729 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Every other line - 2252 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 3634 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 4148 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Tables, Functions, Sprocs - 85 entries

In order to load some scripts into my database in the correct order I need to load tables first (t_), then functions (fn_), then stored procedures (sp_). The order of the t_ lines and the order of the sp_ lines should also match. Reorder the lines so they will load correctly.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 19
  • 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
-a-b-c- - 2707 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 2
convert yml into java pojo field - 719 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: 57
  • Number of attempts: 2
Copy three lines - 2251 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4226 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9771 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Unsemantic linewrapping - 481 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
  • Number of attempts: 1
Around the clock - 150 entries

You'll want to use 2 special commands to complete this. If you haven't yet, read through 'input.txt', especially :help simple-changes

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values - 3785 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 11430 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 9758 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 10702 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 28
  • Number of attempts: 4
Join 'em - 186 entries

This shouldn't be too tough

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Box it - 4445 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 42
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 24
  • 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: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Don't know what this is - 1809 entries

Replace contents of brackets with matching number of spaces. Don't ask what the format's supposed to be.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2604 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 481 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: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4448 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 2243 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Delete to the end of the current line - 558 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2259 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
change parenthesis - 190 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values inside brackets - 1791 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 12842 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 2
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2033 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
One number per line - 14379 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 2
Team names - 1536 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple, Practical, and Common - 27114 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: 29
  • 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: 42
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove quotes after first field - 189 entries

Remove the quotes around each field except for the first field.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 6282 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
Cool or not? - 562 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
Put the months in order - 579 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 63
  • Number of attempts: 1
Song Transcription Oops - 164 entries

When transcribing vocal music to Canjo Tab you can start by finding the lowest note and assigning that to zero and working your way up from there. However, without fail, I tend to miscount the notes and when I am near done I find a lower note. I mark this with a "z". This means I have to increase all the previous ones by 1. just a sting of numbers :)

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 1
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2603 entries

Convert tabs to spaces, strip empty lines and trailing whitespace.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 2844 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: 33
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 59
  • Number of attempts: 1
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 540 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add semicolons - 4711 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 4854 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 1
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