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Played Challenges

Generate a very basic Python constructor - 101 entries

I actually needed to do this myself, so I look forward to learning how.

  • Best score: 38
  • Best player score: 81
  • Position: #31 / 32
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python dataclasses - 260 entries

Simple challenge to extract fields from a Python class

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #54 / 77
  • Number of attempts: 1
RUST Cargo.toml version to last - 157 entries

RUST Cargo.toml version to last. rusty practice on vimgolf

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 57
  • Position: #51 / 51
  • Number of attempts: 1
RUST match with enum for Coin - 98 entries

RUST match with enum for Coin rusty practice on vimgolf

  • Best score: 85
  • Best player score: 110
  • Position: #17 / 28
  • Number of attempts: 3
Enumerate Bullets - 112 entries

We will need to refer to the bullet points in our document explicitly later, so we need to assign them some ID's!

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 100
  • Position: #28 / 28
  • Number of attempts: 2
Easy modification of ssh config - 135 entries

Just add another alias to each worker

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #36 / 42
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change double quotes to single quotes, but with a twist - 204 entries

Although this challenge is in the context of a Python function, you don't need to know Python to do this challenge. It is to add contexts and interesting constraints. The file contains a function that prints a multi-line string literal. I wrote the string literal with double quotes, but then I decided to use single quotes instead, and that's your challenge. However, interestingly enough, the string itself contains single and double quotes. This means, inside the string literal, the originally escaped double quotes no longer need to be escaped, but the single quotes now need to be escaped. Note that the triple double quotes in the docstring should be left alone.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 46
  • Position: #39 / 43
  • Number of attempts: 1
Rural Post - 3713 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #742 / 918
  • Number of attempts: 1
Satisfy the go linter - 1519 entries

You just came up with this briliant go vars package. But dang, you forgot to add comments to the exported variables. Can you add a comment over each variable with a TODO-placeholder?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #249 / 314
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 516 entries

You created an ansible playbook, but forgot to add quotes. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #166 / 171
  • Number of attempts: 1
Multiline to Single Line - 320 entries

Convert a multiline, indented file to a single line with no whitespace

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #148 / 151
  • Number of attempts: 1
xrandr outputs and dashes - 523 entries

uh oh, different video drivers identify display outputs with more dashes. Quick, need to change this xrandr script!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #155 / 173
  • Number of attempts: 1
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 587 entries

ThunderLinks are durable hyperlinks to specific email messages generated from Thunderbird in HTML format. Leverage the power of vim to make them suitable for a markdown-formatted file.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #122 / 136
  • Number of attempts: 1
Capitalize the Names - 235 entries

I want to capitalize the names in quotes, but just the people's names, not the file names.

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 3
  • Position: #1 / 63
  • Number of attempts: 1
Yo To Hello - 877 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #389 / 412
  • Number of attempts: 1
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 898 entries

For each line replace a search pattern (in this case $) with numbers starting at 1 and then increasing by 1 for each replaced match. a$b$c$ -> a0b1c2

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 50
  • Position: #175 / 184
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32743 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: 32
  • Position: #5859 / 7235
  • Number of attempts: 2
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 783 entries

Given a list of emails, get the students full name and their associated house.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #205 / 224
  • Number of attempts: 1
Get mail address from outlook format - 524 entries

Create a mail list space separated of mail list formatted by outlook

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #146 / 164
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values - 4390 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #1151 / 1230
  • Number of attempts: 1
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5776 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #1319 / 1421
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 18223 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #3604 / 3759
  • Number of attempts: 1
Quote modules - 981 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #208 / 250
  • Number of attempts: 1
Aliases for cd - 781 entries

Create these beautiful aliases with as few strokes as possible. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 58
  • Position: #110 / 142
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values inside brackets - 2403 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #502 / 554
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 4596 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1824 / 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: 18
  • Position: #643 / 803
  • Number of attempts: 1
Refactor typescript arrow function type - 272 entries

Make arrow function type less verbose and easier to read

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #60 / 60
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add string initializers to an enum - 726 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #201 / 218
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add semicolons - 10429 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #2608 / 2954
  • Number of attempts: 3
Bad Copy Syntax - 1882 entries

Copy should be from right to left, but sometimes you type it wrong.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #393 / 478
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 2075 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #597 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3419 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1015 / 1108
  • Number of attempts: 1
Com(m)a Trouble - 3284 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 56
  • Position: #722 / 741
  • Number of attempts: 1
Box it - 7622 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #1418 / 1819
  • Number of attempts: 3
Cool or not? - 738 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #187 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 1
multiple cursor alternative - 1413 entries

from: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/6w5pfa/crosspost_from_remacs_how_would_you_do_this_in_vim/

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 60
  • Position: #358 / 363
  • Number of attempts: 1
html paragraph to table - 583 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 98
  • Position: #114 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 1
From argument to object - 1250 entries

This task typifies those programmers endure while coding. This C-family pseudocode needs a function argument to be repurposed as an object call. Simply search and replace? Repeat a pattern of edits?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #396 / 412
  • Number of attempts: 1
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 691 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #132 / 160
  • Number of attempts: 1
Every other line - 2775 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #666 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 39
  • Position: #603 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 24
  • Position: #708 / 721
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4534 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #1387 / 1507
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2464 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #670 / 674
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 973 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: 3
  • Best player score: 3
  • Position: #1 / 291
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11078 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #3786 / 4089
  • Number of attempts: 2
Team names - 1754 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #558 / 564
  • Number of attempts: 1
Missing Library and a Typo - 815 entries

I forgot to add a c library, please add it for me. Also I'm bad at typing so fix my typo too.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #194 / 200
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5393 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #1177 / 1218
  • Number of attempts: 1
Adam's challenge - 903 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: 34
  • Position: #246 / 251
  • Number of attempts: 1
ninja substitution - 1238 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #225 / 237
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7413 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #1703 / 2010
  • Number of attempts: 1
Align commas - 1000 entries

There are 15,000 aligning challenges on vimgolf.com, and they're all exactly the same. I hope this one is a little different.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #225 / 231
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 26
  • Position: #610 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 591 entries

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

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 3
  • Position: #1 / 189
  • Number of attempts: 1
Line under headers - 1852 entries

Put a line under each header, and remove the other markdown formatting.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #417 / 459
  • Number of attempts: 2
Increment each number - 922 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #192 / 228
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 9
  • Position: #339 / 346
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 3
  • Best player score: 3
  • Position: #1 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reorder the groups - 1071 entries

Change the order so that the groups of fruit come before the vegetables.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #239 / 246
  • Number of attempts: 1
move titles next to url, in quotes - 464 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #119 / 124
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array transposition - 2234 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 50
  • Position: #401 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 38
  • Position: #190 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 4146 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #1143 / 1159
  • Number of attempts: 1
Space out the alphabet - 1542 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #414 / 421
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15639 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #3614 / 4095
  • Number of attempts: 1
-a-b-c- - 3077 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #1063 / 1099
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 3
  • Position: #1 / 563
  • Number of attempts: 2
attr_aligner - 3347 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 46
  • Position: #638 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 3
  • Position: #1 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12677 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #3277 / 3903
  • Number of attempts: 1
Saving the hashes(#) - 1929 entries

The following file is copied from vimcasts.org(Its only for learning purpose,hope the site owner doesn't mind it), its probably the easiest of challenges.Our goal is to delete every line which doesn't contain a hash signs. The remaining hash signs with numbers are then sorted to get the final output.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 74
  • Position: #457 / 461
  • Number of attempts: 1
Alphabet soup - 332 entries

Create a column of all alphabet characters organized in a funky way

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #71 / 77
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2300 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #653 / 701
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2740 entries

replace each line's ../assets/js with /javascripts

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #709 / 724
  • Number of attempts: 1
Switch function arguments - 1933 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 3
  • Position: #1 / 617
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4863 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #1611 / 1688
  • Number of attempts: 1
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2762 entries

Convert tabs to spaces, strip empty lines and trailing whitespace.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 48
  • Position: #605 / 630
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 11351 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #3023 / 3334
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5799 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 66
  • Position: #1371 / 1436
  • Number of attempts: 1
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