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Played Challenges

Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 576 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #276 / 352
  • Number of attempts: 3
Search and Replace 0 - 4654 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #18 / 1542
  • Number of attempts: 4
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 897 entries

A novice Python using prints Hello World! and a pro shows him different way. Using vim to get into pro style from novice, win the challenge.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 48
  • Position: #303 / 350
  • 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: #50 / 129
  • Number of attempts: 3
Generate English Alphabets - 438 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #84 / 194
  • Number of attempts: 2
Insert a Markdown link - 411 entries

Put a link in a markdown document, using the after-the-paragraph format.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #16 / 139
  • Number of attempts: 3
The holy-grail may help - 315 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #50 / 194
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1157 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: 14
  • Position: #194 / 382
  • Number of attempts: 3
Shebangs for all - 1771 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: 12
  • Position: #81 / 467
  • Number of attempts: 5
A Simple One - 924 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: #60 / 612
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ruby 1.9 compat - 590 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: #70 / 225
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reverse Simple Deletion - 759 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #386 / 429
  • Number of attempts: 3
Increment, increment, increment.... - 568 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #137 / 371
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sorting paragraphs - 495 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #54 / 153
  • Number of attempts: 5
Indentation - 446 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #54 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hatsuyume - 413 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #95 / 166
  • Number of attempts: 1
Turn this csv list into queries - 192 entries

Transform each line of this csv file into a MySQL-ready INSERT query.

  • Best score: 98
  • Best player score: 122
  • Position: #44 / 92
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fix the Haiku - 261 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: 43
  • Position: #64 / 105
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context insensitive completion 0 - 470 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: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #3 / 222
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context Insensitive completion 1 - 427 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #155 / 222
  • Number of attempts: 2
Almost encrypted - 180 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #40 / 136
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make Fancy Header - 963 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #158 / 326
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat a C golf submission - 523 entries

Take this C golf submission (for the "tiny but standards-compliant Hello World program" category, naturally), and turn it into formatted C code.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #170 / 194
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat most common surnames - 586 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 58
  • Position: #173 / 186
  • Number of attempts: 1
Get rid of html tags - 341 entries

Want to read more about Vim's background? Then get rid of those html tags...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #23 / 207
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change the content of a string - 1350 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #1 / 521
  • Number of attempts: 3
Sort and add attributes - 1191 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #352 / 484
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add fold markers to a .c file - 487 entries

Fold markers can make it easier to navigate source code. Add them to this .c file.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #77 / 158
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1151 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: #212 / 347
  • Number of attempts: 4
Flodder-challenge - 901 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #170 / 270
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 11637 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #676 / 3413
  • Number of attempts: 4

Contributed Challenges

Reconstruct the Sentence - 1151 entries

Get the sentence back in the proper order, remove duplicate lines, and then combine the separate lines into one.

Aaron Bull Schaefer
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Certifiable renaissance man, gentleman, and scholar...it's rumored that I may someday rule the world

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contributed 1 challenges