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Played Challenges

Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 914 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: 22
  • Position: #46 / 187
  • Number of attempts: 8
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32752 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: #4376 / 7238
  • Number of attempts: 6
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 788 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #31 / 226
  • Number of attempts: 6
Get mail address from outlook format - 549 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #35 / 170
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reconstruct the actual output from my unit test tool report - 121 entries

When a test fails, my unit test tool reports differences between the actual output and the expected output as follow: - line in the expected output but missing in the actual output are prefixed with a dash - unexpected lines in the actual output are prefixed with a plus sign - comments added by the unit test tool are prefixed with a question mark - common lines are showed `as-is` (well, almost;) From that "diff" format, I would like to reconstruct the actual output.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #14 / 41
  • Number of attempts: 8
Swap values - 4401 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #323 / 1233
  • Number of attempts: 6
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5800 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #146 / 1427
  • Number of attempts: 13
One number per line - 18255 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #646 / 3765
  • Number of attempts: 14
Quote modules - 981 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #53 / 250
  • Number of attempts: 7
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: 46
  • Position: #75 / 142
  • Number of attempts: 4
Quote modules (ver.2) - 175 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #24 / 46
  • Number of attempts: 9
Swap values inside brackets - 2404 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #85 / 555
  • Number of attempts: 8
Unsemantic linewrapping - 811 entries

[Inspired by a blog post I read: https://scott.mn/2014/02/21/semantic_linewrapping/. Text adapted.] Sometimes when editing a Markdown file, I wrap the lines semantically. Instead of inserting a newline at 70 columns (or whatever), or making paragraphs one long line, I put in newlines at a point that seems logical to me. This may seem silly, but it produces better diffs. Semantic linewrapping also makes editing snappier. I can delete, edit or insert sentences easily using linewise operations. Code-oriented text editors like Vim and [REDACTED] are really good at this kind of manipulation. Editing text that hasn't been wrapped semantically is a pain, though:

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #67 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 7
V to the i - 4600 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #726 / 1839
  • Number of attempts: 3
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2704 entries

Remove identical text at the beginning of several lines and the closing parenthesis.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #214 / 804
  • Number of attempts: 5
Refactor typescript arrow function type - 273 entries

Make arrow function type less verbose and easier to read

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #16 / 61
  • Number of attempts: 10
Add string initializers to an enum - 726 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #47 / 218
  • Number of attempts: 6
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1070 entries

Convert strings in SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case. Examples: EMPLOYEE_NAME -> Employee Name REVENUE_YEAR_TO_DATE -> Revenue Year To Date SALARY -> Salary

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #41 / 224
  • Number of attempts: 4
Add semicolons - 10448 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #523 / 2958
  • Number of attempts: 6
Bad Copy Syntax - 1883 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #181 / 479
  • Number of attempts: 5
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3426 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #738 / 1110
  • Number of attempts: 3
Com(m)a Trouble - 3287 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #112 / 743
  • Number of attempts: 7
Box it - 7637 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #328 / 1824
  • Number of attempts: 8
Cool or not? - 744 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #57 / 213
  • Number of attempts: 7
multiple cursor alternative - 1419 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: 19
  • Position: #86 / 364
  • Number of attempts: 7
html paragraph to table - 583 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 48
  • Position: #17 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 18
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: 17
  • Position: #133 / 412
  • Number of attempts: 5
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 696 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #48 / 162
  • Number of attempts: 10
Every other line - 2781 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #64 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 8
Copy three lines - 2755 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #161 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 9
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: 13
  • Position: #249 / 721
  • Number of attempts: 4
Search and Replace 0 - 4575 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #649 / 1515
  • Number of attempts: 3
That hyphen - 2464 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #267 / 674
  • Number of attempts: 4
Just the middle - 11076 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1378 / 4089
  • Number of attempts: 5
Team names - 1755 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #258 / 564
  • Number of attempts: 4
Vice versa - 7430 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #547 / 2015
  • Number of attempts: 8
One to Ten - 2063 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: 14
  • Position: #465 / 631
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 590 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #57 / 188
  • Number of attempts: 4
Line under headers - 1853 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #154 / 460
  • Number of attempts: 3
Increment each number - 940 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #217 / 231
  • Number of attempts: 6
Delete to the end of the current line - 709 entries

Delete to the end of the current line, but keep the character under the cursor.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #226 / 347
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array transposition - 2244 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #29 / 423
  • Number of attempts: 26
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: 29
  • Position: #83 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 6
Collect List - 4146 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #478 / 1159
  • Number of attempts: 8
I forgot quotes - 15647 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #1027 / 4096
  • Number of attempts: 11
-a-b-c- - 3077 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #394 / 1099
  • Number of attempts: 4
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1078 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #199 / 286
  • Number of attempts: 6
Mess in revision history - 1117 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #61 / 239
  • Number of attempts: 17
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10509 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1513 / 3627
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: 14
  • Position: #341 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 6
Words in parens - 12678 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1081 / 3904
  • Number of attempts: 7
Coordinates placeholder - 56 entries

Place coordinates instead of target search.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #30 / 34
  • Number of attempts: 4
Alphabet soup - 337 entries

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

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #48 / 80
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4865 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #610 / 1689
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 11391 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #627 / 3347
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5835 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #257 / 1442
  • Number of attempts: 6
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