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Played Challenges

Rural Post - 4115 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #733 / 1017
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32953 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: 28
  • Position: #4093 / 7275
  • Number of attempts: 3
V to the i - 4641 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #1617 / 1857
  • Number of attempts: 1
Box it - 7682 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #1306 / 1836
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract argument from function - 2218 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #594 / 729
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4676 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #1309 / 1549
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2500 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #439 / 683
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11141 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #3670 / 4114
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5436 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #1082 / 1228
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 7535 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #1741 / 2048
  • Number of attempts: 2
comments galore - 970 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #314 / 410
  • Number of attempts: 1
lipsum lines - 247 entries

Convert a quoted block of text into strings in a list.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #75 / 89
  • Number of attempts: 2
Replace and keep the case - 395 entries

Replace all instance of plugin and Plugin to device and Device.

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #96 / 111
  • Number of attempts: 2
Alsa configuration - 481 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #108 / 123
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap assigned value - 561 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #196 / 236
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 4184 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #1026 / 1167
  • Number of attempts: 2
Space out the alphabet - 1595 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #350 / 434
  • Number of attempts: 2
Happy TvvO - 392 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #107 / 195
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 15748 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #2798 / 4116
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 3118 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #926 / 1112
  • Number of attempts: 2
Count both ways - 962 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #299 / 342
  • Number of attempts: 2
NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 233 entries

Just testing.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #69 / 112
  • Number of attempts: 3
Lisp Condense - 432 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #96 / 152
  • Number of attempts: 2
Don't know what this is - 1951 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: 16
  • Position: #495 / 572
  • Number of attempts: 1
Two become one - 703 entries

We have two c arrays and want to make one two dimensional out of it. Can we do that?

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #135 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 2
Where should I put the Newline? - 845 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #367 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10538 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #2724 / 3638
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 17
  • Position: #855 / 1045
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #2856 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 1
Prefixes and suffixes - 567 entries

Generate all prefixes of "vimchallenge", then all suffixes.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #125 / 185
  • 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: #205 / 344
  • Number of attempts: 2
lamb had a little Mary - 559 entries

"Mary" and "lamb" are swapped. Unswap them. Fast as you can.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #127 / 157
  • Number of attempts: 1
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 1015 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #381 / 420
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2369 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #606 / 717
  • Number of attempts: 2
Append semicolon after expressions - 953 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #363 / 387
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove noise from HTTP log - 663 entries

This piece of log (from the year 2000) contains some irrelevant data. We only want to see the HTTP method and resource.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #220 / 261
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4944 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1373 / 1708
  • Number of attempts: 1
The meaning - 522 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #257 / 337
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1172 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: 18
  • Position: #337 / 386
  • Number of attempts: 3
Shebangs for all - 1777 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: 16
  • Position: #304 / 468
  • Number of attempts: 2
A Simple One - 934 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: #423 / 617
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reverse Simple Deletion - 772 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #311 / 432
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1215 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #425 / 491
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort and add attributes - 1207 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #371 / 489
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 17
  • Position: #2297 / 3418
  • Number of attempts: 1
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