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Played Challenges

Rural Post - 4138 entries

Simple challenge to remove all but the post code on each line

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #427 / 1023
  • Number of attempts: 5
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 795 entries

You created an ansible playbook, but forgot to add quotes. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #205 / 250
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values inside brackets - 2437 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #240 / 562
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 4645 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1358 / 1859
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2763 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #558 / 818
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add semicolons - 10707 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #519 / 3013
  • Number of attempts: 2
Bad Copy Syntax - 1947 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #263 / 494
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 2111 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #459 / 624
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3475 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #203 / 1125
  • Number of attempts: 1
Com(m)a Trouble - 3438 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #346 / 768
  • Number of attempts: 5
Box it - 7696 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #843 / 1838
  • Number of attempts: 4
Tables, Functions, Sprocs - 116 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: 11
  • Position: #20 / 39
  • Number of attempts: 5
multiple cursor alternative - 1448 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: 30
  • Position: #330 / 370
  • Number of attempts: 1
html paragraph to table - 583 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 58
  • Position: #61 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 6
Copy three lines - 2815 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #497 / 628
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract argument from function - 2257 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #368 / 733
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4695 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #995 / 1556
  • Number of attempts: 2
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 501 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: 35
  • Position: #59 / 119
  • Number of attempts: 4
That hyphen - 2512 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #473 / 685
  • Number of attempts: 2
comment and uncomment code inline - 1014 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: 10
  • Position: #190 / 298
  • Number of attempts: 3
Flip the bit - 111 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #57 / 65
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 11261 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #3780 / 4135
  • Number of attempts: 1
Un"finnish"ed Work - 105 entries

Replace å by a, ä by a and ö by o.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #49 / 55
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 907 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: 42
  • Position: #121 / 353
  • Number of attempts: 2
For all cases. - 127 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #66 / 91
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 239 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #104 / 129
  • Number of attempts: 2
Missing Library and a Typo - 838 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: 20
  • Position: #144 / 206
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5449 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #913 / 1231
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple addition - 297 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #99 / 111
  • 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: 17
  • Position: #66 / 74
  • Number of attempts: 2
create arrows in a list - 89 entries

Add arrow at same distance

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #61 / 63
  • Number of attempts: 2
Nesting SASS - 255 entries

Move a block inside another block and indent it

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #59 / 89
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add to end of each line... kinda - 294 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: 12
  • Position: #92 / 158
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7563 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1342 / 2054
  • Number of attempts: 1
Order and join - 884 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #117 / 243
  • Number of attempts: 2
comments galore - 970 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #389 / 410
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change attribute to getter - 111 entries

Wrap attributes with a getter method.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #36 / 48
  • Number of attempts: 2
Generate a list of numbers - 278 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #107 / 132
  • Number of attempts: 4
Python challenge - 140 entries

Change the types of the variables in the list from str to float, while keeping the truncation.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #17 / 41
  • Number of attempts: 5
One to Ten - 2113 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: 22
  • Position: #566 / 645
  • Number of attempts: 2
Around the clock - 177 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: 14
  • Position: #36 / 68
  • Number of attempts: 1
Join 'em - 231 entries

This shouldn't be too tough

  • Best score: 4
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #17 / 136
  • Number of attempts: 1
Delete to the end of the current line - 715 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #292 / 350
  • Number of attempts: 1
change parenthesis - 255 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #34 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reorder the groups - 1115 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #169 / 253
  • Number of attempts: 1
convert yml into java pojo field - 820 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: 39
  • Position: #199 / 218
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap assigned value - 561 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #199 / 236
  • Number of attempts: 2
Mute the second method of this script - 439 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #213 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 1
Condensed Cases - 758 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: 19
  • Position: #207 / 231
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15769 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #2266 / 4119
  • Number of attempts: 1
learn vim in short time - 220 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #109 / 151
  • Number of attempts: 2
Suffix sort - 235 entries

Sort from the end of the line, as if the letters in each line were reversed.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #57 / 62
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change name of a variable - 163 entries

Replace the name of the $variable with the fastest move possible. The challenge is having a command that allow you to easily change the variable name even if its indented.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #111 / 127
  • Number of attempts: 1
Gray area - 707 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #176 / 261
  • Number of attempts: 1
Where should I put the Newline? - 845 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #387 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10555 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2436 / 3642
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 12
  • Position: #350 / 500
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 3051 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: 22
  • Position: #1007 / 1050
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12769 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #3470 / 3925
  • Number of attempts: 1
Enumerate words - 235 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #74 / 85
  • Number of attempts: 4
Readable Rubyhash - 239 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: 23
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #42 / 88
  • Number of attempts: 5
Santa's naughty / nice list - 77 entries

Christmas is here and Santa hasn't decided who's naughty or nice yet. He's given a list of names to his programmer friend to quickly split the children into naughty and nice. Hint: There's a hidden pattern that might be familiar.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 57
  • Position: #19 / 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 392 entries

Someone has vandalized this text file and replaced the beginning character of one word in each line with a Big "X." Please remove the big X's, and fix each line to read "The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog."

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #149 / 182
  • Number of attempts: 2
The name of the game - 636 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #248 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 1
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1522 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #399 / 428
  • Number of attempts: 2
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 1022 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #303 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 1
Switch function arguments - 1993 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #404 / 630
  • Number of attempts: 1
Append semicolon after expressions - 968 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #236 / 391
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4963 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #943 / 1712
  • Number of attempts: 1
The meaning - 526 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #288 / 340
  • Number of attempts: 1
The holy-grail may help - 324 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #149 / 197
  • Number of attempts: 3
Shebangs for all - 1787 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: 14
  • Position: #222 / 470
  • Number of attempts: 3
A Simple One - 957 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: #495 / 624
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reverse Simple Deletion - 787 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #340 / 437
  • Number of attempts: 2
Hatsuyume - 428 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #27 / 169
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1234 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #372 / 497
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fix the Haiku - 265 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: 45
  • Position: #75 / 106
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context insensitive completion 0 - 476 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: 10
  • Position: #209 / 224
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make Fancy Header - 983 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #199 / 331
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat a C golf submission - 536 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: 22
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #126 / 195
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change the content of a string - 1364 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #441 / 525
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sort and add attributes - 1217 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #220 / 492
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6066 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #963 / 1496
  • Number of attempts: 1
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