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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 32904 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: 24
  • Position: #2880 / 7270
  • Number of attempts: 3
One number per line - 18377 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #1388 / 3787
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 4639 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1223 / 1856
  • Number of attempts: 1
multiple cursor alternative - 1447 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: #118 / 369
  • Number of attempts: 3
From argument to object - 1262 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: #254 / 417
  • Number of attempts: 2
Copy three lines - 2794 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #363 / 625
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4651 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #495 / 1541
  • Number of attempts: 2
comment and uncomment code inline - 995 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: 17
  • Position: #272 / 296
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 11136 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2441 / 4112
  • Number of attempts: 1
Todo list specification - 365 entries

The every item on the todo list must be done today. Modify the list to reflect that.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #105 / 168
  • Number of attempts: 1
Text to HTML Table - 157 entries

Turn the plain text table to an HTML table.

  • Best score: 52
  • Best player score: 59
  • Position: #33 / 46
  • Number of attempts: 1
For all cases. - 127 entries

In this case... change it! :) Watch the line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #40 / 91
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple addition - 293 entries

The right side of the equation is already there. We just need the left one now.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #57 / 108
  • Number of attempts: 1
Interactive git rebase changing commands - 156 entries

How to change the action of some commits in git rebase dialog.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #60 / 74
  • Number of attempts: 1
Adam's challenge - 916 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: 22
  • Position: #168 / 257
  • Number of attempts: 1
Create a table - 302 entries

Convert the given input into a formatted table

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #69 / 98
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7520 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #890 / 2043
  • Number of attempts: 3
C Reformatting - 686 entries

You may use Visual mode... or not. #uppercase

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 58
  • Position: #113 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 3
Align commas - 1040 entries

There are 15,000 aligning challenges on vimgolf.com, and they're all exactly the same. I hope this one is a little different.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #62 / 236
  • 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: #4 / 92
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add Go XML to structure tags - 148 entries

The Go programming language can directly map XML to structure fields. Add the correct XML tag after each field.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #28 / 64
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array transposition - 2312 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #221 / 431
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15728 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2527 / 4114
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10533 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2178 / 3637
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #784 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 3
Saving the hashes(#) - 1961 entries

The following file is copied from vimcasts.org(Its only for learning purpose,hope the site owner doesn't mind it), its probably the easiest of challenges.Our goal is to delete every line which doesn't contain a hash signs. The remaining hash signs with numbers are then sorted to get the final output.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #111 / 466
  • Number of attempts: 6
Vertical Limit - 2367 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #285 / 716
  • Number of attempts: 3
Dumb to smart - 83 entries

Turn dumb quote to smart vim's way.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #7 / 50
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 11624 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1550 / 3410
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6014 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #690 / 1481
  • Number of attempts: 2
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