Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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Played Challenges

V to the i - 4605 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #1710 / 1842
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract argument from function - 2194 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #577 / 723
  • Number of attempts: 4
Search and Replace 0 - 4580 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #917 / 1516
  • Number of attempts: 5
That hyphen - 2467 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #603 / 675
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11080 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #265 / 4091
  • Number of attempts: 3
Make HTML List - 982 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 70
  • Position: #256 / 259
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5405 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #959 / 1220
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 7434 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #1411 / 2016
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mirror Symmetry - 752 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #239 / 257
  • Number of attempts: 3
Collect List - 4149 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #1130 / 1160
  • Number of attempts: 1
camel riding - 737 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #158 / 264
  • Number of attempts: 1
readability - 298 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #94 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fix the XML - 934 entries

The challenge consists in having a valid xml from an incomplete source.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #145 / 273
  • Number of attempts: 5
Shuffled numbers - 203 entries

Each number is paired with the number it should follow. That's enough information to put them in order.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #77 / 85
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mute the second method of this script - 429 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #183 / 228
  • Number of attempts: 1
Condensed Cases - 735 entries

Apple's new programming language, Swift, allows two style of case statements: 1) one Enum case on each line, or 2) multiple Enum cases on a single line. Convert the following from the first case (no pun intended) to the second type.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #184 / 226
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15656 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2387 / 4097
  • Number of attempts: 2
learn vim in short time - 212 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #72 / 144
  • Number of attempts: 2
Count both ways - 935 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #214 / 334
  • Number of attempts: 1
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1078 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #254 / 286
  • Number of attempts: 1
Don't know what this is - 1922 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: #475 / 564
  • Number of attempts: 3
Where should I put the Newline? - 830 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #149 / 415
  • Number of attempts: 5
HTML formatting: vertical alignment for readability - 60 entries

We did this a VimGolf challenge at work and now that we have finished I want to see if you guys can come up with something even better than we could. Our best solution was 44 keystrokes.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 158
  • Position: #30 / 32
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10511 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #1966 / 3628
  • Number of attempts: 3
attr_aligner - 3350 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #610 / 678
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letter case trickery - 1524 entries

This file is in a downright esoteric format, consisting of hexadecimal numbers, non-hexadecimal keywords, and "Z" indicating end-of-line. Make the hexadecimal numbers lowercase.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #415 / 494
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 16
  • Position: #586 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 12682 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #2813 / 3905
  • Number of attempts: 2
The name of the game - 610 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #190 / 332
  • Number of attempts: 1
Switch function arguments - 1945 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #453 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 1
Append semicolon after expressions - 930 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #313 / 377
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4866 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1526 / 1690
  • Number of attempts: 1
The meaning - 516 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #250 / 331
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make it more readable - 1860 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #539 / 613
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1113 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: 15
  • Position: #258 / 372
  • Number of attempts: 1
A Simple One - 877 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: #405 / 586
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment, increment, increment.... - 532 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #269 / 358
  • Number of attempts: 2
The Cake is a Lie - 1174 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #404 / 479
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change the content of a string - 1286 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #349 / 498
  • Number of attempts: 2
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2788 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #387 / 636
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 11396 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1889 / 3349
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5839 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 57
  • Position: #1334 / 1443
  • Number of attempts: 3
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