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$ gem install vimgolf
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$ vimgolf put [challenge ID]

Played Challenges

V to the i - 4641 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #80 / 1857
  • Number of attempts: 2
Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 597 entries

You're replying to an email with silly long lines. Clean them up.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #189 / 358
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4681 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #243 / 1550
  • Number of attempts: 4
Just the middle - 11141 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1849 / 4114
  • Number of attempts: 3
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 906 entries

A novice Python using prints Hello World! and a pro shows him different way. Using vim to get into pro style from novice, win the challenge.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #156 / 352
  • Number of attempts: 2
VimGolfNight - 505 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #55 / 330
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15749 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #209 / 4117
  • Number of attempts: 3
Where should I put the Newline? - 845 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #108 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10538 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #2638 / 3638
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 15
  • Position: #364 / 1045
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1919 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 1
Delete unwanted lines - 358 entries

Delete all lines which does not end in "o.."

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #65 / 215
  • Number of attempts: 1
Word frequency alignment - 245 entries

You've got to align the second column, but the spacing is inconvenient and there are nasty tabs in the way. If you're a "real Vim ninja," this could be very quick indeed...

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #78 / 146
  • Number of attempts: 1
Minimalist Limerick - 507 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #74 / 168
  • Number of attempts: 2
Prefixes and suffixes - 567 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #81 / 185
  • Number of attempts: 1
abcd > a b c d - 263 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #107 / 207
  • Number of attempts: 1
NATO phonetic alphabet - 479 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #122 / 182
  • Number of attempts: 3
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1510 entries

Oh no, this line is longer than 80 chars... put each 'vim' on a new line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #33 / 424
  • Number of attempts: 3
Stairs Indenting - 428 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #105 / 184
  • Number of attempts: 2
Saving the hashes(#) - 1966 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: 27
  • Position: #230 / 467
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vertical Limit - 2377 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #593 / 719
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2826 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #436 / 739
  • Number of attempts: 1
Append semicolon after expressions - 958 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #51 / 388
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reverse and double space - 452 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #77 / 185
  • Number of attempts: 4
Remove noise from HTTP log - 665 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: 15
  • Position: #76 / 262
  • Number of attempts: 4
Remove semicolons after expressions - 572 entries

A follow-up for http://vimgolf.com/challenges/4fc9d767d3a0d4000100000e.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #66 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4945 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #191 / 1708
  • Number of attempts: 4
Make it more readable - 1905 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #146 / 625
  • Number of attempts: 4
A Simple One - 937 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: #341 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1215 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #155 / 491
  • Number of attempts: 6
Context insensitive completion 0 - 474 entries

Buried in the lines you're not supposed to add is the line "Add this line!" Add that line to the top of the file.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #83 / 223
  • Number of attempts: 3
Make Fancy Header - 978 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #178 / 329
  • Number of attempts: 3
Sort and add attributes - 1211 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #163 / 490
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1160 entries

Get the sentence back in the proper order, remove duplicate lines, and then combine the separate lines into one.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #261 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 14
  • Position: #1058 / 3418
  • Number of attempts: 1
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