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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 32746 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
  • Position: #1730 / 7235
  • Number of attempts: 8
Swap values - 4390 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #265 / 1230
  • Number of attempts: 4
One number per line - 18240 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #898 / 3760
  • Number of attempts: 7
Swap values inside brackets - 2404 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #172 / 555
  • Number of attempts: 8
V to the i - 4596 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1339 / 1837
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2699 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #117 / 803
  • Number of attempts: 3
Split line with dots - 2075 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #543 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 6
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3419 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #565 / 1108
  • Number of attempts: 3
Com(m)a Trouble - 3284 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #565 / 741
  • Number of attempts: 1
Box it - 7622 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #453 / 1819
  • Number of attempts: 6
Cool or not? - 738 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #24 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 7
html paragraph to table - 583 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 55
  • Position: #48 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 8
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 691 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #68 / 160
  • Number of attempts: 5
Every other line - 2773 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #237 / 676
  • Number of attempts: 6
Copy three lines - 2751 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #122 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 8
Convert Application Output to CSV - 166 entries

Change the application output to comma-separated values

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #18 / 47
  • Number of attempts: 5
Extract argument from function - 2186 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #354 / 721
  • Number of attempts: 3
Search and Replace 0 - 4534 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #572 / 1507
  • Number of attempts: 4
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 459 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/9fvsro/what_is_the_most_efficient_way_to_go_about/

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #24 / 114
  • Number of attempts: 6
That hyphen - 2464 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #203 / 674
  • Number of attempts: 9
comment and uncomment code inline - 974 entries

It's very useful to be able to comment out a block of code in a quick edit. And likewise to uncomment the code. This operation often involves multi-line stanzas and even large blocks. With just line-wise navigation and insert mode this would cost you about 4 keystrokes per line. Master this hole of VimGolf and you'll quickly drop your key count in day to day Vim as well.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #184 / 290
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 11074 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2783 / 4088
  • Number of attempts: 1
Team names - 1754 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #220 / 564
  • Number of attempts: 7
Stairstep digits - 233 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #95 / 111
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5393 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #166 / 1218
  • Number of attempts: 18
Adam's challenge - 904 entries

Change both normal to bold and 4 by 2. Adam Wathan challenge this on twitter . He did it in 11 keystrokes on Sublime.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #77 / 252
  • Number of attempts: 6
ninja substitution - 1238 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #126 / 237
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 7416 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #454 / 2011
  • Number of attempts: 5
One to Ten - 2055 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: 13
  • Position: #335 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 590 entries

Change the middle part of the function name in multiple places, preferably using the next and dot commands.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #29 / 188
  • Number of attempts: 5
Build a six - 264 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #33 / 87
  • Number of attempts: 8
Increment each number - 922 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #96 / 228
  • Number of attempts: 5
Delete to the end of the current line - 708 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #117 / 346
  • Number of attempts: 2
Put the months in order - 911 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #54 / 154
  • Number of attempts: 10
move titles next to url, in quotes - 464 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #120 / 124
  • Number of attempts: 2
Array transposition - 2234 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #129 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 10
convert yml into java pojo field - 800 entries

How fast vim can create fields for java pojo i.e class declaration referring to a (simple) yml file

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #113 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple format (2) - 296 entries

try again!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 47
  • Position: #60 / 63
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 4146 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #419 / 1159
  • Number of attempts: 6
I forgot quotes - 15639 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1810 / 4095
  • Number of attempts: 3
-a-b-c- - 3077 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #251 / 1099
  • Number of attempts: 7
Don't know what this is - 1913 entries

Replace contents of brackets with matching number of spaces. Don't ask what the format's supposed to be.

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #257 / 563
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10507 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1376 / 3626
  • Number of attempts: 5
attr_aligner - 3347 entries

Two attr keywords. Two separate indentations. Align the colons.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #589 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 6
quotes inside quotes - 2996 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: 3
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #312 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 8
Words in parens - 12678 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #953 / 3904
  • Number of attempts: 5
Resort and deup a CSV list - 128 entries

I'm always adding items to a sorted list. There has to be a better way dedup and resort the lists. There are multiple lists with varying lengths to discourage manual sorting. Also Australia's animals are weird.

  • Best score: 44
  • Best player score: 70
  • Position: #31 / 36
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4863 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #545 / 1688
  • Number of attempts: 3
Change the content of a string - 1272 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #180 / 494
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 11354 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1669 / 3335
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5804 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 47
  • Position: #1131 / 1438
  • Number of attempts: 5
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