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$ vimgolf setup
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Played Challenges

vim = 22 / 7 - 424 entries

pi square vim

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #123 / 130
  • Number of attempts: 1
Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 601 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #300 / 360
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4695 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #194 / 1556
  • Number of attempts: 8
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: 40
  • Position: #15 / 353
  • Number of attempts: 6
Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 340 entries

"Sort by popularity" is a good order to play the challenges. Not perfect, but you could do a lot worse. ;) Input is a sample copy-pasted from vimgolf.com. Some of the challenge names have digits that will get in your way, so read ":help :sort" for hints on sorting with a regex. When you're done, try your solution on the full list!

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #4 / 103
  • Number of attempts: 6
Words in parens - 12769 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #197 / 3925
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vertical Limit - 2383 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #3 / 721
  • Number of attempts: 8
Exchanging Quotes - 800 entries

Sometimes you need to exchange a choice of quotes in some code.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #2 / 220
  • Number of attempts: 19
replacing each line of a block selection - 2852 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #43 / 743
  • Number of attempts: 11
Switch function arguments - 1995 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #53 / 631
  • Number of attempts: 15
switch variable - 4963 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #141 / 1712
  • Number of attempts: 4
Make it more readable - 1915 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #29 / 628
  • Number of attempts: 7
remove dupes from array - 1308 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: 19
  • Position: #109 / 327
  • Number of attempts: 16
Numbering a List - 1834 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #106 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 4
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1177 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: 12
  • Position: #47 / 387
  • Number of attempts: 17
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: 11
  • Position: #7 / 470
  • Number of attempts: 13
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: #310 / 624
  • Number of attempts: 2
Increment, increment, increment.... - 599 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #232 / 382
  • Number of attempts: 2
Indentation - 454 entries

Indent each line according to the right number of spaces it needs.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #2 / 161
  • Number of attempts: 10
Hatsuyume - 428 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #13 / 169
  • Number of attempts: 15
The Cake is a Lie - 1234 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #138 / 497
  • Number of attempts: 7
Context Insensitive completion 1 - 437 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #98 / 224
  • Number of attempts: 11
Make Fancy Header - 983 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #66 / 331
  • Number of attempts: 10
Reverse characters in a line - 657 entries

You have everything you need, just not in the right order. Mastermind would give you 26 white pegs.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #3 / 239
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1364 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #97 / 525
  • Number of attempts: 12
Sort and add attributes - 1217 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #297 / 492
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1168 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
  • Position: #70 / 350
  • Number of attempts: 11
Braces or Brackets? - 713 entries

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

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 46
  • Position: #136 / 253
  • Number of attempts: 3
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 3043 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #4 / 673
  • Number of attempts: 17
Flodder-challenge - 928 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #8 / 274
  • Number of attempts: 20
Simple text editing with Vim - 11711 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #123 / 3433
  • Number of attempts: 17
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6076 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 51
  • Position: #1271 / 1499
  • Number of attempts: 5
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