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Played Challenges

Search and Replace 0 - 4681 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #236 / 1550
  • Number of attempts: 5
quotes inside quotes - 3030 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
  • Position: #22 / 1045
  • Number of attempts: 4
Top X - 189 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: 21
  • Position: #13 / 68
  • Number of attempts: 4
Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 338 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: 20
  • Position: #86 / 102
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #53 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 3
Delete unwanted lines - 358 entries

Delete all lines which does not end in "o.."

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #56 / 215
  • Number of attempts: 1
The name of the game - 629 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #123 / 344
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vertical Limit - 2377 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #10 / 719
  • Number of attempts: 12
replacing each line of a block selection - 2816 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #44 / 736
  • Number of attempts: 10
Switch function arguments - 1985 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #64 / 628
  • Number of attempts: 5
Append semicolon after expressions - 958 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #46 / 388
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4945 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #739 / 1708
  • Number of attempts: 2
Numbering a List - 1832 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #109 / 627
  • Number of attempts: 6
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 3009 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #73 / 667
  • Number of attempts: 7
Simple text editing with Vim - 11657 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #172 / 3418
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6033 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #65 / 1486
  • Number of attempts: 10
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