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Played Challenges

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: 29
  • Position: #4773 / 7238
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 18269 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #1868 / 3766
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 13
  • Position: #164 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add string initializers to an enum - 726 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #131 / 218
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 34
  • Position: #189 / 224
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 10449 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #2130 / 2959
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3426 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #860 / 1110
  • Number of attempts: 1
Com(m)a Trouble - 3287 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #419 / 743
  • Number of attempts: 5
Box it - 7637 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #1191 / 1824
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 11079 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2886 / 4090
  • 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: 34
  • Position: #319 / 460
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: 34
  • Position: #167 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 2
Exchanging Quotes - 781 entries

Sometimes you need to exchange a choice of quotes in some code.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #130 / 216
  • Number of attempts: 3
replacing each line of a block selection - 2740 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #312 / 724
  • Number of attempts: 5
Append semicolon after expressions - 923 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #137 / 375
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reverse and double space - 433 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #78 / 179
  • Number of attempts: 4
Remove noise from HTTP log - 653 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: 17
  • Position: #188 / 256
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove semicolons after expressions - 511 entries

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

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #127 / 225
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4865 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #96 / 1689
  • Number of attempts: 11
The meaning - 515 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #19 / 330
  • Number of attempts: 1
Calculate the table totals - 107 entries

Go ahead... commit the treachery of using vim as a spreadsheet.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 52
  • Position: #23 / 39
  • Number of attempts: 5
Replacing some words - 405 entries

How fast could it be?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #102 / 142
  • 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: 15
  • Position: #212 / 613
  • Number of attempts: 5
remove dupes from array - 1260 entries

given a random string that contains a ruby-esque array, make sure that there are no duplicate elements

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #155 / 321
  • Number of attempts: 3
Alphabetize the directory - 261 entries

Put the contacts and their information in alphabetical order.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #72 / 95
  • Number of attempts: 1
PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 440 entries

I recently needed to send an e-mail to our marketing department listing allowed merge tags for our MailChimp campaigns. The allowed merge tags were determined from a PHP array in one of our PHP classes. I transformed the PHP class to MailChimp's syntax and sent the e-mail. It was, however, a long, laborious process. I'm still fairly new to Vim and would love to see how an expert Vim user would tackle one of my own, real-world problems. Thanks and have fun!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #92 / 137
  • Number of attempts: 4
Refactor to Helpers - 45 entries

This Rails partial is almost all template escapes. Put it into a helper, and refactor each case to methods so we can build out the controls for each. (I've converted to tabs - fighting with Vimgolf's default config shouldn't be part of the challenge.)

  • Best score: 147
  • Best player score: 352
  • Position: #16 / 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Numbering a List - 1777 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #395 / 611
  • Number of attempts: 3

Contributed Challenges

Exchanging Quotes - 781 entries

Sometimes you need to exchange a choice of quotes in some code.

Jonathan Lozinski
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Director of Engineering at Arm, Cloud Services. Views expressed are not of my employer. We're lucky if they're even mine.

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