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Played Challenges

Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 549 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #271 / 342
  • Number of attempts: 3
Search and Replace 0 - 4605 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #27 / 1526
  • Number of attempts: 6
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 884 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: 44
  • Position: #188 / 342
  • Number of attempts: 1
Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 235 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #46 / 92
  • Number of attempts: 1
It'ss tooo coold too typpe todaay - 203 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #30 / 91
  • Number of attempts: 2
The holy-grail may help - 304 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #20 / 190
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1128 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: 13
  • Position: #120 / 375
  • Number of attempts: 3
Shebangs for all - 1754 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
  • Position: #67 / 463
  • Number of attempts: 3
A Simple One - 888 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: #1 / 592
  • Number of attempts: 1
82 bottles of beer on the wall - 280 entries

Take them down. (sorry, only 82 bottles because the problem size is limited!)

  • Best score: 107
  • Best player score: 130
  • Position: #64 / 131
  • Number of attempts: 4
Table Reshuffle - 328 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #36 / 122
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reverse and count - 403 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: 24
  • Position: #43 / 153
  • Number of attempts: 2
Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 206 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #38 / 77
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reverse Simple Deletion - 742 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #133 / 421
  • Number of attempts: 3
Increment, increment, increment.... - 546 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #76 / 363
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hatsuyume - 381 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #108 / 156
  • Number of attempts: 1
Turn this csv list into queries - 190 entries

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

  • Best score: 98
  • Best player score: 107
  • Position: #21 / 90
  • Number of attempts: 3
The Cake is a Lie - 1178 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #23 / 481
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fix the Haiku - 251 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: 33
  • Position: #17 / 102
  • Number of attempts: 7
Context insensitive completion 0 - 464 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
  • Position: #13 / 218
  • Number of attempts: 5
Remove Accent off the Letter - 100 entries

Remove all the accent from extremely accented statements.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 71
  • Position: #33 / 46
  • Number of attempts: 1
Almost encrypted - 178 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #24 / 134
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make Fancy Header - 939 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #3 / 316
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reformat some Python - 552 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 50
  • Position: #165 / 219
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat a C golf submission - 507 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: 50
  • Position: #180 / 188
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat most common surnames - 558 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #132 / 176
  • Number of attempts: 1
Get rid of html tags - 328 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #24 / 201
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1303 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #19 / 505
  • Number of attempts: 6
Sort and add attributes - 1145 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #7 / 469
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1084 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: 21
  • Position: #123 / 334
  • Number of attempts: 7
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2831 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #580 / 644
  • Number of attempts: 1
Flodder-challenge - 853 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 64
  • Position: #256 / 262
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 11497 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #683 / 3374
  • Number of attempts: 5

Contributed Challenges

Fix the Haiku - 251 entries

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

Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 206 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

Table Reshuffle - 328 entries

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

A Simple One - 888 entries

Here is a very simple one - just to illustrate/introduce a vim feature that some people seem to miss...

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