Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 32798 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: #1667 / 7244
  • Number of attempts: 7
Swap values - 4415 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #260 / 1236
  • Number of attempts: 6
One number per line - 18318 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #1819 / 3774
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap values inside brackets - 2423 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #323 / 558
  • Number of attempts: 3
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3439 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #140 / 1114
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 7667 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #13 / 1831
  • Number of attempts: 7
Cool or not? - 748 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #142 / 214
  • Number of attempts: 1
multiple cursor alternative - 1441 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: 21
  • Position: #210 / 368
  • Number of attempts: 3
Copy three lines - 2778 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #232 / 621
  • Number of attempts: 8
Extract argument from function - 2201 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #520 / 725
  • Number of attempts: 5
That hyphen - 2478 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #358 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 3
comment and uncomment code inline - 981 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: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #241 / 293
  • Number of attempts: 1
Flip the bit - 104 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #47 / 63
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11092 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2771 / 4096
  • Number of attempts: 2
Team names - 1767 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #213 / 566
  • Number of attempts: 4
Basic renumbering - 5419 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #1027 / 1222
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 7480 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #921 / 2028
  • Number of attempts: 3
One to Ten - 2078 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: #418 / 637
  • Number of attempts: 3
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 595 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: 15
  • Position: #90 / 190
  • Number of attempts: 7
Increment each number - 946 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #95 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 8
Delete to the end of the current line - 711 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #95 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 2
move titles next to url, in quotes - 481 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #104 / 127
  • Number of attempts: 2
convert yml into java pojo field - 801 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: #58 / 213
  • Number of attempts: 3
unknown command - 143 entries

I want change 5 words

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #64 / 72
  • Number of attempts: 2
Collect List - 4168 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #408 / 1163
  • Number of attempts: 7
Merge blank lines and properly capitalize - 49 entries

Here you need complete 2 tasks: 1. Remove all unwanted continuous blank lines and leave only 1 blank line between paragraphs. 2. Properly capitalize the sentences.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #7 / 18
  • Number of attempts: 8
I forgot quotes - 15687 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #2239 / 4103
  • Number of attempts: 5
-a-b-c- - 3099 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #248 / 1104
  • Number of attempts: 7
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10519 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #3131 / 3631
  • Number of attempts: 2
quotes inside quotes - 3015 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: 15
  • Position: #466 / 1040
  • Number of attempts: 5
Cleanining up 80 column concatenated text - 185 entries

1. Put the whole query on one line, remove the concatenation operators 2. Remove the double spaces that appear a few times in the query 3. Use string-interpolated variable statementPid rather than the ugly concatenation

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 52
  • Position: #62 / 74
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4894 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #928 / 1696
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 11495 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1664 / 3373
  • Number of attempts: 4
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