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Played Challenges

Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 631 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #299 / 368
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4730 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #43 / 1565
  • Number of attempts: 2
Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 252 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #62 / 95
  • Number of attempts: 2
It'ss tooo coold too typpe todaay - 209 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #52 / 95
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat long lines - 329 entries

Rearrange this ruby method call to put each parameter on its own line. Could become a useful macro.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #42 / 129
  • Number of attempts: 2
Generate English Alphabets - 449 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #33 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 5
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 - 145 entries

Somebody's got this slightly muddled up. See how quickly you can fix it. (I made this to experiment with buffers. I'm not actually sure whether this is faster with buffers or without.)

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #2 / 68
  • Number of attempts: 3
Getters & Setters: Java - 190 entries

Boilerplate getters & setters - it's a tedious fact of life in Java, and probably the only thing that still pulls me back to an IDE. Perhaps someone knows a fast, pure vim way...

  • Best score: 89
  • Best player score: 109
  • Position: #20 / 54
  • Number of attempts: 2
The holy-grail may help - 324 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1 / 197
  • Number of attempts: 2
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1177 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: #108 / 387
  • Number of attempts: 5
CSV to JSON - 154 entries

A search for shortest vimissh way to convert CSV to JSON.

  • Best score: 56
  • Best player score: 60
  • Position: #4 / 61
  • Number of attempts: 7
Shebangs for all - 1789 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: 14
  • Position: #195 / 472
  • Number of attempts: 2
A Simple One - 968 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: #2 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 1
Round Round - 243 entries

Round Round

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 65
  • Position: #43 / 81
  • Number of attempts: 3
Table Reshuffle - 364 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #95 / 131
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reverse and count - 429 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: 28
  • Position: #99 / 165
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letters are numbers - 147 entries

Letters and numbers are interchangeable. A lot of programming languages give you simple ways to convert individual letters to hex, binary and decimal but does Vim?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #11 / 72
  • Number of attempts: 2
Ruby 1.9 compat - 601 entries

Remember when Ruby supported `when <expr> :`? Well, it doesn't in 1.9, so let's make sure we use `then`, without ruining our lovely new hash syntax!

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #78 / 228
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reverse Simple Deletion - 811 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #369 / 445
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment, increment, increment.... - 603 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #68 / 383
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hatsuyume - 433 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #47 / 171
  • Number of attempts: 2
Dumb to smart - 91 entries

Turn dumb quote to smart vim's way.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #31 / 53
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1245 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #3 / 499
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fix the Haiku - 269 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: 44
  • Position: #68 / 107
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context insensitive completion 0 - 480 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: 6
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #29 / 226
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make Fancy Header - 991 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1 / 334
  • Number of attempts: 2
Linear congruential generator - 112 entries

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

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #4 / 48
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reverse characters in a line - 679 entries

You have everything you need, just not in the right order. Mastermind would give you 26 white pegs.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #102 / 243
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat most common surnames - 608 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #133 / 190
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remember FizzBuzz? - 618 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 58
  • Position: #78 / 171
  • Number of attempts: 3
Sort and add attributes - 1238 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #16 / 499
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1201 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: 22
  • Position: #218 / 354
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple text editing with Vim - 11811 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #717 / 3459
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6189 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #462 / 1524
  • Number of attempts: 5

Contributed Challenges

82 bottles of beer on the wall - 293 entries

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

Prime Numbers - 339 entries

List the first 100 prime numbers.

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entered into 34 challenges

contributed 2 challenges