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Played Challenges

delete swap - 601 entries

delete all swap

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #19 / 205
  • Number of attempts: 1
Put a newline after every 10 lines in vim - 1081 entries

Goal is to put a newline after every 10 lines in vim.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #111 / 373
  • Number of attempts: 5
Rural Post - 4138 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #33 / 1023
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32992 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: #191 / 7283
  • Number of attempts: 6
prepend * to every non-blank line - 6030 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #641 / 1477
  • Number of attempts: 3
One number per line - 18426 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #1322 / 3799
  • Number of attempts: 3
V to the i - 4645 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #7 / 1859
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add semicolons - 10707 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1597 / 3013
  • Number of attempts: 1
Box it - 7696 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #396 / 1838
  • Number of attempts: 5
Copy three lines - 2815 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #294 / 628
  • Number of attempts: 3
Extract argument from function - 2257 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #300 / 733
  • Number of attempts: 2
Start coding format - 133 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #44 / 65
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2512 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #280 / 685
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11263 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1510 / 4135
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 7568 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #653 / 2055
  • Number of attempts: 4
Sorting a glossary - 115 entries

Sort a glossary. Glossary head contains a header phrase ending with ':' and glossary body has multi line text indented with a tab.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #13 / 74
  • Number of attempts: 1
Order and join - 884 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #137 / 243
  • Number of attempts: 3
Manual SQL - 114 entries

Change select and insert queries to simulate inserting a new record.

  • Best score: 49
  • Best player score: 74
  • Position: #30 / 44
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mirror Symmetry - 785 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #168 / 263
  • Number of attempts: 2
Collect List - 4191 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #674 / 1170
  • Number of attempts: 2
Space out the alphabet - 1600 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #135 / 435
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort with uniq OpenEmbedded package names - 33 entries

For each line take 4th dirname of path. For example: "alsa-utils", "gawk-3.1.5", ... But! But if previous result is "files", take 3rd dirname instead. For example: "mktemp", "mklibs" ... If version is present in package name (dash is the separator character), take it. For example: "apt-0.9.9.4" prevails over "apt". And finally, use sort -u to get unique names!

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 61
  • Position: #10 / 13
  • Number of attempts: 6
Fix the XML - 958 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #108 / 279
  • Number of attempts: 1
ASCII box - 324 entries

Don't forget to fix typos!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #71 / 103
  • Number of attempts: 2
Mute the second method of this script - 441 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #1 / 234
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sorting database text output - 212 entries

Sometimes it is nice to be able to quickly take column-formatted text output from the SQL command line and turn it into a list of useful data. In this case we want a unique, sorted list of the values from the second column combined into one comma-separated list. What is the fewest strokes you can do this in?

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #4 / 80
  • Number of attempts: 5
Condensed Cases - 762 entries

Apple's new programming language, Swift, allows two style of case statements: 1) one Enum case on each line, or 2) multiple Enum cases on a single line. Convert the following from the first case (no pun intended) to the second type.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #98 / 232
  • Number of attempts: 1
Pretty format for variable declarations - 145 entries

Project standards demand the equal signs must be aligned for better readability.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #5 / 56
  • Number of attempts: 3
Happy TvvO - 394 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #63 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15769 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1977 / 4119
  • Number of attempts: 3
learn vim in short time - 220 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #7 / 151
  • Number of attempts: 1
vim1001 - 274 entries

change number 1001 into a "vim1001 sequence". (My first challenge, hope it is not too bad... )

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #44 / 106
  • Number of attempts: 1
Count both ways - 966 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #132 / 343
  • Number of attempts: 1
NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 233 entries

Just testing.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #7 / 112
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change name of a variable - 165 entries

Replace the name of the $variable with the fastest move possible. The challenge is having a command that allow you to easily change the variable name even if its indented.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #39 / 128
  • Number of attempts: 1
Lisp Condense - 432 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #10 / 152
  • Number of attempts: 2
Gray area - 710 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #183 / 262
  • Number of attempts: 1
Don't know what this is - 1959 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #175 / 574
  • Number of attempts: 5
Where should I put the Newline? - 847 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #282 / 423
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10557 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #1830 / 3643
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 3051 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: 16
  • Position: #581 / 1050
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12769 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2134 / 3925
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4963 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #836 / 1712
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 11708 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1344 / 3431
  • Number of attempts: 3
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