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Simple, Practical, and Common - 32765 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: 30
  • Position: #5184 / 7241
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values - 4409 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #1192 / 1235
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 18294 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #3592 / 3770
  • Number of attempts: 3
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge2 - 163 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #81 / 82
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values inside brackets - 2417 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #511 / 557
  • Number of attempts: 2
Unsemantic linewrapping - 818 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: 20
  • Position: #198 / 204
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 4615 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #1739 / 1846
  • Number of attempts: 3
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2710 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #745 / 806
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add string initializers to an enum - 726 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 100
  • Position: #217 / 218
  • Number of attempts: 3
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1089 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: 63
  • Position: #223 / 227
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap the operands under comparison - 251 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #75 / 90
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add semicolons - 10467 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #2759 / 2966
  • Number of attempts: 1
Bad Copy Syntax - 1899 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #421 / 483
  • Number of attempts: 4
Split line with dots - 2081 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #573 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3436 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #683 / 1113
  • Number of attempts: 3
Com(m)a Trouble - 3307 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #647 / 746
  • Number of attempts: 3
Box it - 7657 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 64
  • Position: #1770 / 1829
  • Number of attempts: 2
Cool or not? - 748 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #208 / 214
  • Number of attempts: 1
multiple cursor alternative - 1430 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: 49
  • Position: #355 / 366
  • Number of attempts: 1
From argument to object - 1254 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: 22
  • Position: #359 / 414
  • Number of attempts: 1
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 706 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 78
  • Position: #164 / 165
  • Number of attempts: 1
Every other line - 2790 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 45
  • Position: #677 / 679
  • Number of attempts: 1
Copy three lines - 2766 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #586 / 620
  • Number of attempts: 3
Extract argument from function - 2194 entries

The aim is to see if you can do some refactoring very fast.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #720 / 723
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4583 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1149 / 1518
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2467 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #657 / 675
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 976 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: 26
  • Position: #284 / 291
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 11086 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #3762 / 4093
  • Number of attempts: 6
Team names - 1763 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #548 / 566
  • Number of attempts: 2
Missing Library and a Typo - 826 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: 28
  • Position: #194 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5408 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #1161 / 1221
  • Number of attempts: 2
Adam's challenge - 905 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: 46
  • Position: #252 / 253
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 791 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: 20
  • Position: #252 / 269
  • Number of attempts: 1
ninja substitution - 1261 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 133
  • Position: #242 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7448 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1061 / 2019
  • Number of attempts: 1
C Reformatting - 675 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 69
  • Position: #136 / 156
  • Number of attempts: 1
Order and join - 853 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #231 / 235
  • Number of attempts: 1
Paragraph breaks - 477 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #137 / 158
  • Number of attempts: 1
comments galore - 956 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #395 / 406
  • Number of attempts: 1
Align commas - 1010 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: 22
  • Position: #215 / 232
  • Number of attempts: 1
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge4 - 69 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #46 / 48
  • Number of attempts: 1
One to Ten - 2071 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: 28
  • Position: #623 / 634
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 595 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: 20
  • Position: #171 / 190
  • Number of attempts: 1
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge5 - 111 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #49 / 58
  • Number of attempts: 1
Line under headers - 1869 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 53
  • Position: #444 / 463
  • Number of attempts: 1
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge6 - 44 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 3
  • Position: #29 / 38
  • Number of attempts: 1
Join 'em - 215 entries

This shouldn't be too tough

  • Best score: 4
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #124 / 125
  • Number of attempts: 1
Delete to the end of the current line - 711 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #336 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remove quotes after first field - 311 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #75 / 77
  • Number of attempts: 1
Put the months in order - 915 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 75
  • Position: #153 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reorder the groups - 1088 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #218 / 248
  • Number of attempts: 2
move titles next to url, in quotes - 474 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 70
  • Position: #125 / 126
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array transposition - 2258 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 70
  • Position: #416 / 426
  • Number of attempts: 1
convert yml into java pojo field - 801 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: 90
  • Position: #213 / 213
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mirror Symmetry - 752 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #159 / 257
  • Number of attempts: 1
From A to B - 533 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #137 / 149
  • Number of attempts: 2
Collect List - 4155 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 60
  • Position: #1156 / 1161
  • Number of attempts: 1
camel riding - 737 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #226 / 264
  • Number of attempts: 1
Space out the alphabet - 1551 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #392 / 425
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fix the XML - 934 entries

The challenge consists in having a valid xml from an incomplete source.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #257 / 273
  • Number of attempts: 1
Condensed Cases - 735 entries

Apple's new programming language, Swift, allows two style of case statements: 1) one Enum case on each line, or 2) multiple Enum cases on a single line. Convert the following from the first case (no pun intended) to the second type.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #220 / 226
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15666 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #3762 / 4098
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 3081 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #1036 / 1100
  • Number of attempts: 3
Count both ways - 935 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #327 / 334
  • Number of attempts: 1
Where should I put the Newline? - 832 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #390 / 416
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10513 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #3421 / 3629
  • Number of attempts: 5
attr_aligner - 3350 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 73
  • Position: #674 / 678
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letter case trickery - 1524 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: 15
  • Position: #431 / 494
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 2998 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: 27
  • Position: #1010 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12690 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #3617 / 3906
  • Number of attempts: 4
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1460 entries

Oh no, this line is longer than 80 chars... put each 'vim' on a new line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #403 / 414
  • Number of attempts: 1
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 985 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #405 / 409
  • Number of attempts: 1
calculations - 245 entries

Complete these (weird) calculations.

  • Best score: 38
  • Best player score: 80
  • Position: #56 / 57
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2319 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #677 / 706
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2751 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #691 / 726
  • Number of attempts: 1
Switch function arguments - 1946 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #613 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4868 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #1598 / 1691
  • Number of attempts: 1
The meaning - 517 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #330 / 332
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make it more readable - 1860 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #592 / 613
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove dupes from array - 1266 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: 27
  • Position: #272 / 322
  • Number of attempts: 1
Numbering a List - 1797 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #589 / 614
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shebangs for all - 1749 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: 40
  • Position: #461 / 462
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1178 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #474 / 481
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1296 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #466 / 501
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 11431 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 51
  • Position: #3282 / 3357
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5864 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 75
  • Position: #1410 / 1449
  • Number of attempts: 1
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