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Played Challenges

ssh config skills - 175 entries

Parse output from `kuebctl get no -o wide` into an .ssh/config file!

  • Best score: 41
  • Best player score: 82
  • Position: #38 / 44
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python: Def to Lambda - 239 entries

LAMBDA!!!

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #68 / 88
  • Number of attempts: 3
Turn the x - 194 entries

Turn the x to a +

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #34 / 53
  • Number of attempts: 4
Rural Post - 3886 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #446 / 962
  • Number of attempts: 2
Satisfy the go linter - 1809 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: 20
  • Position: #61 / 362
  • Number of attempts: 7
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 655 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #104 / 210
  • Number of attempts: 2
Multiline to Single Line - 408 entries

Convert a multiline, indented file to a single line with no whitespace

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #82 / 195
  • Number of attempts: 3
xrandr outputs and dashes - 587 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: 15
  • Position: #157 / 191
  • Number of attempts: 1
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 677 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: 21
  • Position: #85 / 151
  • Number of attempts: 1
Yo To Hello - 996 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #235 / 460
  • Number of attempts: 4
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 968 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: 22
  • Position: #70 / 198
  • Number of attempts: 11
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32803 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: 31
  • Position: #5580 / 7246
  • Number of attempts: 1
Get mail address from outlook format - 563 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #117 / 175
  • Number of attempts: 3
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5850 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #823 / 1439
  • Number of attempts: 1
One number per line - 18318 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #2509 / 3774
  • Number of attempts: 1
Quote modules - 1003 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #185 / 255
  • Number of attempts: 1
Aliases for cd - 791 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 51
  • Position: #95 / 144
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values inside brackets - 2423 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #397 / 558
  • Number of attempts: 3
Unsemantic linewrapping - 822 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: 10
  • Position: #132 / 206
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 4629 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1444 / 1852
  • Number of attempts: 5
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2720 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #447 / 809
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add string initializers to an enum - 741 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #131 / 221
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add semicolons - 10480 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #2081 / 2972
  • Number of attempts: 2
Bad Copy Syntax - 1912 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #6 / 488
  • Number of attempts: 5
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3442 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #451 / 1115
  • Number of attempts: 2
Com(m)a Trouble - 3336 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #352 / 750
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 7667 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #1364 / 1831
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2802 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #356 / 681
  • Number of attempts: 6
Copy three lines - 2778 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #240 / 621
  • Number of attempts: 6
Convert Application Output to CSV - 171 entries

Change the application output to comma-separated values

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #42 / 48
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4608 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #656 / 1527
  • Number of attempts: 2
Flip the bit - 104 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #59 / 63
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 11102 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #3076 / 4100
  • Number of attempts: 2
Team names - 1771 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #264 / 567
  • Number of attempts: 5
Make HTML List - 985 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 47
  • Position: #147 / 260
  • Number of attempts: 1
Todo list specification - 362 entries

The every item on the todo list must be done today. Modify the list to reflect that.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #80 / 166
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 226 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #112 / 124
  • Number of attempts: 1
Back to the roots - 43 entries

Johnny has a file with more integers. He wants to change each number with its square root. Can you help him?

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #25 / 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5419 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #287 / 1222
  • Number of attempts: 2
replace 2nd column blanks with values in same column if blank - 209 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: 19
  • Position: #61 / 72
  • Number of attempts: 1
Wrap text in quotes - 328 entries

All the blocks of text should be wrapped in quotation marks.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #67 / 112
  • Number of attempts: 4
ninja substitution - 1278 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #190 / 245
  • Number of attempts: 1
Free hyphen! - 144 entries

Just like "Inner hyphens", but I'm giving you a free hyphen to play with. Will your solution be any different?

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #74 / 79
  • Number of attempts: 2
Paragraph sort - 404 entries

My large herbivorous mammals, Vim commands, and POSIX utilities need to be sorted separately.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #87 / 116
  • Number of attempts: 5
comments galore - 967 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #358 / 409
  • Number of attempts: 2
Generate a list of numbers - 269 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #104 / 127
  • Number of attempts: 3
One to Ten - 2078 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: 12
  • Position: #302 / 637
  • Number of attempts: 1
Line under headers - 1905 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #249 / 468
  • Number of attempts: 3
Build a six - 267 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #53 / 89
  • Number of attempts: 2
Increment each number - 946 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #139 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 3
Delete to the end of the current line - 711 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #319 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 1
Put the months in order - 915 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #74 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 3
unknown command - 143 entries

I want change 5 words

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #60 / 72
  • Number of attempts: 1
From A to B - 542 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #147 / 151
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 4168 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #1152 / 1163
  • Number of attempts: 1
VimGolfNight - 487 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #283 / 323
  • Number of attempts: 4
Space out the alphabet - 1573 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #327 / 429
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fix the XML - 956 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #193 / 277
  • Number of attempts: 1
Line 'em up! - 361 entries

It can be so hard to keep everything neatly lined-up. Somebody clearly hasn't bothered here. Tidy it up, please!

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #95 / 103
  • Number of attempts: 2
Mute the second method of this script - 430 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #212 / 229
  • Number of attempts: 2
Happy TvvO - 379 entries

Don’t forget the past, learn from it. Happy New Year.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #143 / 190
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 15702 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1963 / 4104
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 3103 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #714 / 1106
  • Number of attempts: 1
Lisp Condense - 421 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #130 / 148
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10522 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2444 / 3632
  • Number of attempts: 2
Top X - 185 entries

The End File is the Top 10 Vimgolf Leaderboard at June 29, 2013. This is a second version, with a great contribution of @udioica. X is ten in Roman,a numeric system in ancient Rome

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #56 / 67
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 12703 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1810 / 3909
  • Number of attempts: 3
Prefixes and suffixes - 550 entries

Generate all prefixes of "vimchallenge", then all suffixes.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #91 / 179
  • Number of attempts: 3
Sort by your own sum - 49 entries

Same numbers as last time, but you'll have to add them yourself.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #19 / 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
NATO phonetic alphabet - 460 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #107 / 174
  • Number of attempts: 1
The name of the game - 614 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #256 / 334
  • Number of attempts: 1
lamb had a little Mary - 540 entries

"Mary" and "lamb" are swapped. Unswap them. Fast as you can.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #97 / 154
  • Number of attempts: 2
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 989 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #308 / 411
  • Number of attempts: 1
Alphabet soup - 361 entries

Create a column of all alphabet characters organized in a funky way

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #56 / 85
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vertical Limit - 2352 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #368 / 711
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remove noise from HTTP log - 653 entries

This piece of log (from the year 2000) contains some irrelevant data. We only want to see the HTTP method and resource.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #239 / 256
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4894 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #962 / 1696
  • Number of attempts: 2
Calculate the table totals - 107 entries

Go ahead... commit the treachery of using vim as a spreadsheet.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 48
  • Position: #18 / 39
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sort the cardinal numbers - 263 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #60 / 135
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make it more readable - 1878 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #184 / 617
  • Number of attempts: 3
imports alignment (python) - 603 entries

Align as one import per line.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #146 / 183
  • Number of attempts: 2
Shebangs for all - 1758 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: 17
  • Position: #336 / 464
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: #511 / 592
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 169
  • Position: #116 / 131
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 21
  • Position: #13 / 153
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment, increment, increment.... - 548 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #328 / 364
  • Number of attempts: 1
Indentation - 425 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #119 / 151
  • Number of attempts: 2
The Cake is a Lie - 1181 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #360 / 482
  • Number of attempts: 2
Almost encrypted - 178 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #128 / 134
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat some Python - 552 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #58 / 219
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat most common surnames - 558 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #83 / 176
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1093 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: 26
  • Position: #303 / 337
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 11522 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1805 / 3380
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5908 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #905 / 1462
  • Number of attempts: 1
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