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Played Challenges

Make HTML List - 917 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 9
C Reformatting - 652 entries

You may use Visual mode... or not. #uppercase

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 8
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5569 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 12
Simple, Practical, and Common - 26809 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
  • Number of attempts: 7
Simple text editing with Vim - 10678 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 2689 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Copy three lines - 2237 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 8
Search and Replace 0 - 4210 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 6247 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
Generate a list of numbers - 253 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Condensed Cases - 698 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: 12
  • Number of attempts: 8
Words in parens - 11370 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Pretty multi-line bash - 194 entries

Bash line continuations are much prettier when they're column aligned.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 6
Just the middle - 9678 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
Alsa configuration - 471 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 4
Wrap text in quotes - 297 entries

All the blocks of text should be wrapped in quotation marks.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
Collect List - 3613 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract argument from function - 2049 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Letter case trickery - 1450 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: 9
  • Number of attempts: 7
Align commas - 882 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: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Basic renumbering - 4829 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 8
Make it more readable - 1769 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 7
camel riding - 697 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Mirror Symmetry - 716 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 14188 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 8
Count both ways - 887 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap values - 3763 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
That hyphen - 2250 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 4
Replace and keep the case - 347 entries

Replace all instance of plugin and Plugin to device and Device.

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 6
I forgot quotes - 12716 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 5
Where should I put the Newline? - 802 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
Split line with dots - 1916 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 6
comments galore - 910 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 4110 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4443 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Array of characters - 127 entries

We all copy paste things off the internet, but the syntax doesn't look right. Fix it as fast as possible.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 3
quotes inside quotes - 2834 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 6
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1035 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
A grid of punctuation - 112 entries

Create a checkerboard of = and - in an 80×24 grid!

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 4
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9723 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Space out the alphabet - 1413 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 5
Scrambled numbers - 753 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 9
From A to B - 504 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 8
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2599 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 8
Mess in revision history - 1001 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 9
Paragraph sort - 330 entries

My large herbivorous mammals, Vim commands, and POSIX utilities need to be sorted separately.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
Fix the XML - 888 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 7
attr_aligner - 3081 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 10
Don't know what this is - 1805 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: 11
  • Number of attempts: 7
replacing each line of a block selection - 2591 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 5
Saving the hashes(#) - 1806 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: 20
  • Number of attempts: 7
Angular naming conventions - 269 entries

In angular, a directive name follows the camelCase convention. When the directive is used in an HTML template, the words are instead separated by a dash. Go from to the other the fastest!

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 1
Switch function arguments - 1852 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vertical Limit - 2167 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 9
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