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Played Challenges

Python: Def to Lambda - 396 entries

LAMBDA!!!

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #108 / 136
  • Number of attempts: 3
Turn the x - 270 entries

Turn the x to a +

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #67 / 69
  • Number of attempts: 1
Rural Post - 4197 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #629 / 1035
  • Number of attempts: 2
Satisfy the go linter - 2041 entries

You just came up with this briliant go vars package. But dang, you forgot to add comments to the exported variables. Can you add a comment over each variable with a TODO-placeholder?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #377 / 416
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 829 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #245 / 261
  • Number of attempts: 1
xrandr outputs and dashes - 619 entries

uh oh, different video drivers identify display outputs with more dashes. Quick, need to change this xrandr script!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #180 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 4
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 712 entries

ThunderLinks are durable hyperlinks to specific email messages generated from Thunderbird in HTML format. Leverage the power of vim to make them suitable for a markdown-formatted file.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #145 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 3
Yo To Hello - 1069 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #214 / 491
  • Number of attempts: 4
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 1048 entries

For each line replace a search pattern (in this case $) with numbers starting at 1 and then increasing by 1 for each replaced match. a$b$c$ -> a0b1c2

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #143 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple, Practical, and Common - 33086 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: 39
  • Position: #6949 / 7297
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 841 entries

Given a list of emails, get the students full name and their associated house.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 47
  • Position: #236 / 243
  • Number of attempts: 1
Get mail address from outlook format - 603 entries

Create a mail list space separated of mail list formatted by outlook

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #167 / 189
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values - 4490 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1075 / 1246
  • Number of attempts: 3
prepend * to every non-blank line - 6081 entries

Prepend an asterisk to every non-blank line in the input file.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #1422 / 1485
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 18472 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #3719 / 3807
  • Number of attempts: 4
Quote modules - 1023 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 83
  • Position: #260 / 262
  • Number of attempts: 1
Aliases for cd - 819 entries

Create these beautiful aliases with as few strokes as possible. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 222
  • Position: #143 / 146
  • Number of attempts: 1
Unsemantic linewrapping - 849 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: 13
  • Position: #179 / 215
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 4647 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #746 / 1861
  • Number of attempts: 4
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2779 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #767 / 823
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 10717 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #2281 / 3020
  • Number of attempts: 1
Bad Copy Syntax - 1952 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #429 / 498
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 2113 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #604 / 625
  • Number of attempts: 2
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3483 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #441 / 1128
  • Number of attempts: 5
Com(m)a Trouble - 3478 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #527 / 780
  • Number of attempts: 5
Box it - 7722 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #1430 / 1842
  • Number of attempts: 5
Every other line - 2850 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #361 / 690
  • Number of attempts: 20
Copy three lines - 2819 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #504 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 4
Extract argument from function - 2267 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #624 / 736
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4730 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #655 / 1565
  • Number of attempts: 5
Just the middle - 11284 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1413 / 4140
  • Number of attempts: 7
Team names - 1789 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #545 / 574
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5484 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #801 / 1241
  • Number of attempts: 5
Vice versa - 7615 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #1828 / 2064
  • Number of attempts: 7
Line under headers - 1933 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 52
  • Position: #454 / 476
  • Number of attempts: 3
Increment each number - 958 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #140 / 237
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array transposition - 2321 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #395 / 434
  • Number of attempts: 6
Collect List - 4207 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #995 / 1174
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15830 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #3865 / 4130
  • Number of attempts: 1
-a-b-c- - 3135 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #1081 / 1118
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10562 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #3377 / 3646
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 3077 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: 29
  • Position: #1034 / 1057
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12786 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #3136 / 3928
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2874 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #663 / 753
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4980 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1519 / 1717
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sort the cardinal numbers - 283 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 176
  • Position: #142 / 142
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1405 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #490 / 535
  • Number of attempts: 3
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 3093 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #346 / 684
  • Number of attempts: 5
Simple text editing with Vim - 11822 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #2883 / 3461
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6195 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 49
  • Position: #1253 / 1525
  • Number of attempts: 1
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