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Played Challenges

Remember FizzBuzz? - 531 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 55
  • Number of attempts: 3
Braces or Brackets? - 625 entries

Someone forgot whether to use braces or brackets and you have to clean up their code!

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 45
  • Number of attempts: 1
Prime Numbers - 263 entries

List the first 100 prime numbers.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 43
  • Number of attempts: 2
expand a list comprehension (python) - 240 entries

Please show your way to convert a list comprehension in python to an ordinary for-loop expression!

  • Best score: 42
  • Best player score: 42
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat some Python - 505 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add fold markers to a .c file - 441 entries

Fold markers can make it easier to navigate source code. Add them to this .c file.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5464 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 4
Turn this csv list into queries - 181 entries

Transform each line of this csv file into a MySQL-ready INSERT query.

  • Best score: 98
  • Best player score: 106
  • Number of attempts: 3
HTML to Haml - 706 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sort and add attributes - 1067 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 2
remove dupes from array - 1190 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: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
imports alignment (python) - 577 entries

Align as one import per line.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Numbering a List - 1717 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
formatted text to markdown - 173 entries

You're converting some posts from an old blog to markdown. The formatted text is far closer to the finished product than the html markup, so it seems like a good place to start. Word wrapping seems to be the main area for optimization.

  • Best score: 70
  • Best player score: 74
  • Number of attempts: 3
Alphabetize the directory - 252 entries

Put the contacts and their information in alphabetical order.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reverse and count - 379 entries

Someone typed things upside down and now a Vim ninja needs to reverse the lines and count how many there are.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fix the Haiku - 246 entries

Change this slightly scrambled haiku to its unscrambled form and fix the capitalisation and punctuation along the way.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 3
The holy-grail may help - 298 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1046 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: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 825 entries

A novice Python using prints Hello World! and a pro shows him different way. Using vim to get into pro style from novice, win the challenge.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 2
Line Zipper - 393 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
Assignment Alignment - 682 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 3
A Simple One - 832 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
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove Accent off the Letter - 100 entries

Remove all the accent from extremely accented statements.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 71
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context Insensitive completion 1 - 391 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Context insensitive completion 0 - 443 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: 7
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat most common surnames - 520 entries

Reformat copy-pasted table into a list of the most common surnames

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 3
Word Blender - 118 entries

The insides of long words seem to have been run through the blender. Can you fix this famous tale, brave knight?

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat a C golf submission - 468 entries

Take this C golf submission (for the "tiny but standards-compliant Hello World program" category, naturally), and turn it into formatted C code.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 3
Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 481 entries

You're replying to an email with silly long lines. Clean them up.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 2
Almost encrypted - 164 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1016 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: 20
  • Number of attempts: 4
Solve the Sokoban - 158 entries

A wink for all Vimgolfers that play Nethack too.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 3
Sort the cardinal numbers - 211 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 10275 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: 1
Hatsuyume - 363 entries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatsuyume

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1111 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Insert a Markdown link - 385 entries

Put a link in a markdown document, using the after-the-paragraph format.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 1
Get rid of html tags - 315 entries

Want to read more about Vim's background? Then get rid of those html tags...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Overall Vimgolf Rank - 138 entries

Suppose you are trying to figure out what your overall rank is at Vimgolf(the sum of all the ranks you got), and as a Vim ninja you decided to use Vim to do the job. Your solution should work for every Vimgolf profile page(The actual input file for this challenge is my Vimgolf profile page). So, direct answer insertion is considered cheating.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reverse Simple Deletion - 700 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ruby 1.9 compat - 556 entries

Remember when Ruby supported `when <expr> :`? Well, it doesn't in 1.9, so let's make sure we use `then`, without ruining our lovely new hash syntax!

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Shebangs for all - 1574 entries

We've all seen or used a shebang once or twice. Ditch the specific paths and leave just a dynamic Ruby and Python bath behind.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Sort entries based on date - 304 entries

Sort some entries in a Ledger-file based on date.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Flodder-challenge - 804 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 2
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2529 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 4
Search and Replace 0 - 4019 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Make Fancy Header - 898 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 - 128 entries

Somebody's got this slightly muddled up. See how quickly you can fix it. (I made this to experiment with buffers. I'm not actually sure whether this is faster with buffers or without.)

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
Linear congruential generator - 104 entries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_congruential_generator

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 2
Deleting folded text - 274 entries

The text below contains three folds. Delete them (and the text inside them). For example: 123 456 /*{{{*/ 789 /*}}}*/ 012 Should become: 123 012 Also, add `aoeuaoeu` to make sure small solutions don't get flagged as cheating.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change the content of a string - 1222 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
Increment, increment, increment.... - 480 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Generate English Alphabets - 400 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat long lines - 316 entries

Rearrange this ruby method call to put each parameter on its own line. Could become a useful macro.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Case preserving word replacement - 384 entries

Half way through my project, my people turned into dogs. Now I have to change everything in my source.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 414 entries

I recently needed to send an e-mail to our marketing department listing allowed merge tags for our MailChimp campaigns. The allowed merge tags were determined from a PHP array in one of our PHP classes. I transformed the PHP class to MailChimp's syntax and sent the e-mail. It was, however, a long, laborious process. I'm still fairly new to Vim and would love to see how an expert Vim user would tackle one of my own, real-world problems. Thanks and have fun!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 3
It'ss tooo coold too typpe todaay - 194 entries

My hands are numb with cold. It's hard to type correctly.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Table Reshuffle - 325 entries

Fix the column order in this table... also append the new 'username' column.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
Recursively Palindrome - 221 entries

Note that there are 2^6-1 characters.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
PEP8 Python Wrapping Comments and Code - 155 entries

According to PEP8, long flowy text and code should have different max line lengths. Code: 79 characters max Long flowy text: 72 characters max

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 5
Rotating Philosophers Problem - 354 entries

Can you help the philosophers find a good place to sit before they get five forks and spaghetti?

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 2
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