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Played Challenges

Inverting Lines - 1070 entries

A simple challenge to invert all lines, except the first.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #181 / 294
  • Number of attempts: 1
HS Final exam vimgolf - 589 entries

Change the initial file to a single line containing all names comma-separated with numbers inside parentheses.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #121 / 158
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python: Def to Lambda - 226 entries

LAMBDA!!!

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #21 / 83
  • Number of attempts: 3
Rural Post - 3833 entries

Simple challenge to remove all but the post code on each line

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #501 / 946
  • Number of attempts: 1
Satisfy the go linter - 1669 entries

You just came up with this briliant go vars package. But dang, you forgot to add comments to the exported variables. Can you add a comment over each variable with a TODO-placeholder?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #320 / 339
  • Number of attempts: 1
Multiline to Single Line - 383 entries

Convert a multiline, indented file to a single line with no whitespace

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #75 / 183
  • Number of attempts: 3
Capitalize the Names - 286 entries

I want to capitalize the names in quotes, but just the people's names, not the file names.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #20 / 73
  • Number of attempts: 1
Yo To Hello - 989 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #209 / 456
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: 24
  • Position: #3019 / 7244
  • Number of attempts: 4
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 806 entries

Given a list of emails, get the students full name and their associated house.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #174 / 231
  • Number of attempts: 2
Get mail address from outlook format - 560 entries

Create a mail list space separated of mail list formatted by outlook

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #160 / 173
  • Number of attempts: 1
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5835 entries

Prepend an asterisk to every non-blank line in the input file.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #982 / 1436
  • Number of attempts: 4
One number per line - 18318 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #3450 / 3774
  • Number of attempts: 1
Quote modules - 985 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #192 / 252
  • Number of attempts: 1
Aliases for cd - 787 entries

Create these beautiful aliases with as few strokes as possible. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 251
  • Position: #142 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values inside brackets - 2423 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #483 / 558
  • Number of attempts: 1
Unsemantic linewrapping - 821 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: 9
  • Position: #76 / 205
  • Number of attempts: 8
V to the i - 4621 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #745 / 1849
  • Number of attempts: 6
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2720 entries

Remove identical text at the beginning of several lines and the closing parenthesis.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #701 / 809
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add string initializers to an enum - 737 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #187 / 220
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 10475 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1697 / 2970
  • Number of attempts: 2
Bad Copy Syntax - 1906 entries

Copy should be from right to left, but sometimes you type it wrong.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #376 / 486
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3439 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1014 / 1114
  • Number of attempts: 1
Com(m)a Trouble - 3321 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #445 / 748
  • Number of attempts: 2
Box it - 7667 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 45
  • Position: #1713 / 1831
  • Number of attempts: 2
Cool or not? - 748 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #172 / 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: 22
  • Position: #229 / 368
  • Number of attempts: 1
From argument to object - 1258 entries

This task typifies those programmers endure while coding. This C-family pseudocode needs a function argument to be repurposed as an object call. Simply search and replace? Repeat a pattern of edits?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #312 / 416
  • Number of attempts: 2
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 706 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 45
  • Position: #154 / 165
  • Number of attempts: 1
Every other line - 2802 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #562 / 681
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 28
  • Position: #577 / 621
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 15
  • Position: #445 / 725
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4605 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #1209 / 1526
  • Number of attempts: 2
That hyphen - 2478 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #525 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 21
  • Position: #281 / 293
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11092 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1423 / 4096
  • Number of attempts: 4
Team names - 1767 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #481 / 566
  • Number of attempts: 1
Un"finnish"ed Work - 104 entries

Replace å by a, ä by a and ö by o.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #49 / 54
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5419 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #910 / 1222
  • Number of attempts: 1
ninja substitution - 1278 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #140 / 245
  • Number of attempts: 7
Vice versa - 7480 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1375 / 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: 12
  • Position: #299 / 637
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 17
  • Position: #147 / 190
  • Number of attempts: 2
Line under headers - 1897 entries

Put a line under each header, and remove the other markdown formatting.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 56
  • Position: #457 / 467
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment each number - 946 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #223 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: #237 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 3
Put the months in order - 915 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 46
  • Position: #98 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 3
Collect List - 4168 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #491 / 1163
  • Number of attempts: 5
I forgot quotes - 15687 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #4021 / 4103
  • Number of attempts: 1
-a-b-c- - 3099 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #1008 / 1104
  • Number of attempts: 1
Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 209 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #89 / 94
  • Number of attempts: 1
Don't know what this is - 1927 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: 18
  • Position: #547 / 566
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10519 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1537 / 3631
  • Number of attempts: 4
attr_aligner - 3378 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 51
  • Position: #656 / 680
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 17
  • Position: #913 / 1040
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12694 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #3622 / 3907
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vertical Limit - 2349 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #660 / 710
  • Number of attempts: 2
Shebangs for all - 1749 entries

We've all seen or used a shebang once or twice. Ditch the specific paths and leave just a dynamic Ruby and Python bath behind.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #409 / 462
  • Number of attempts: 1
Compile C - 300 entries

You might have to get clever to do this one.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #113 / 116
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 23
  • Position: #2811 / 3373
  • Number of attempts: 1
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