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Played Challenges

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5570 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 10
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1035 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
C Reformatting - 654 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 10
Learn some german verbs - 414 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 3
Format java properties - 63 entries

Format java properties to a different format. The value which is the string following the first '=' cannot & should not change. All periods in the key get replaced with an underscore "_" and get a prefix of "b_".

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 3
Alsa configuration - 471 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 8
Simple, Practical, and Common - 27234 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: 22
  • Number of attempts: 19
Fix the XML - 896 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 8
range(10) digit rotation - 32 entries

This is a data generator challenge or some kind of gift..

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 736 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: 13
  • Number of attempts: 7
Search and Replace 0 - 4226 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
-a-b-c- - 2732 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 6
Copy three lines - 2256 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 9
Simple text editing with Vim - 10708 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 8
Add to end of each line... kinda - 266 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: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Paragraph breaks - 424 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vertical Limit - 2168 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 9
Collect List - 3638 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
Letter case trickery - 1451 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: 9
  • Number of attempts: 6
Just the middle - 9767 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 6
One number per line - 14452 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 15
That hyphen - 2263 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 9
Start coding format - 119 entries

I used to start coding with following format: int main(){ -(cursor here) }

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 12896 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 26
Harder than "abcd > a b c d" - 64 entries

Not as easy as the last challenge. This time, just one space between a and b, up to 25 spaces between y and z. (Removed some lines; diff was too long.)

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
Split line with dots - 1924 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 5
Swap values - 3794 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 5
comments galore - 911 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 4162 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 4453 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 6
replace 2nd column blanks with values in same column if blank - 186 entries

Where ,SOMELOGB and ,SOMELOGC replaces each /r carriage return if 2nd column is blank. The replace only happens if 2nd column is blank though and should replace up to the non blank row.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1087 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
  • Number of attempts: 8
Assignment Alignment - 707 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 8
From A to B - 520 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 5
Append semicolon after expressions - 881 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Count both ways - 899 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
Every other line - 2265 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
Words in parens - 11449 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 8
quotes inside quotes - 2845 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 5
Align commas - 896 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: 11
  • Number of attempts: 6
Basic renumbering - 4854 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 10
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9782 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Space out the alphabet - 1420 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 7
remove dupes from array - 1253 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: 18
  • Number of attempts: 11
Scrambled numbers - 753 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 5
Extract argument from function - 2061 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2604 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 12
Mess in revision history - 1015 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 10
camel riding - 713 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
Make it more readable - 1775 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 6313 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 8
Lisp Condense - 392 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 732 entries

convert an ugly spreadsheet copy/paste into a CSV format.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 46
  • Number of attempts: 3
Mirror Symmetry - 727 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 7
multiple cursor alternative - 1191 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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 7
lipsum lines - 242 entries

Convert a quoted block of text into strings in a list.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 1
Team names - 1539 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1030 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
  • Number of attempts: 6
replacing each line of a block selection - 2604 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 8
Saving the hashes(#) - 1806 entries

The following file is copied from vimcasts.org(Its only for learning purpose,hope the site owner doesn't mind it), its probably the easiest of challenges.Our goal is to delete every line which doesn't contain a hash signs. The remaining hash signs with numbers are then sorted to get the final output.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 8
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