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Simple, Practical, and Common - 32983 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
  • Position: #1905 / 7282
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values - 4482 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #287 / 1245
  • Number of attempts: 4
One number per line - 18426 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #779 / 3799
  • Number of attempts: 5
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge2 - 176 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #24 / 89
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values inside brackets - 2437 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #50 / 562
  • Number of attempts: 5
V to the i - 4645 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #674 / 1859
  • Number of attempts: 2
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2763 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #174 / 818
  • Number of attempts: 5
Add string initializers to an enum - 782 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #14 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 5
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1120 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: 19
  • Position: #5 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 5
Add semicolons - 10707 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1017 / 3013
  • Number of attempts: 3
Bad Copy Syntax - 1947 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #101 / 494
  • Number of attempts: 2
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3475 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #644 / 1125
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract wireshark capture filter - 188 entries

Extract wireshark capture filter from IP plan

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #16 / 61
  • Number of attempts: 2
Box it - 7685 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #187 / 1837
  • Number of attempts: 5
Cool or not? - 761 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #46 / 216
  • Number of attempts: 4
Every other line - 2839 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #43 / 688
  • Number of attempts: 9
Copy three lines - 2815 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #136 / 628
  • Number of attempts: 7
Array propagate - 312 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #17 / 111
  • Number of attempts: 4
Search and Replace 0 - 4695 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #612 / 1556
  • Number of attempts: 3
Flip the bit - 111 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #25 / 65
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11261 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1281 / 4135
  • Number of attempts: 2
Todo list specification - 368 entries

The every item on the todo list must be done today. Modify the list to reflect that.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #73 / 169
  • Number of attempts: 3
Combines all items - 279 entries

For each line that starts with the same number I want to combine its contents

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #72 / 126
  • Number of attempts: 3
ninja substitution - 1302 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #45 / 248
  • Number of attempts: 5
Vice versa - 7563 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #490 / 2054
  • Number of attempts: 4
One to Ten - 2113 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: #170 / 645
  • Number of attempts: 4
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 606 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: 14
  • Position: #44 / 193
  • Number of attempts: 3
Line under headers - 1926 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #87 / 474
  • Number of attempts: 4
Build a six - 267 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #48 / 89
  • Number of attempts: 1
Join 'em - 231 entries

This shouldn't be too tough

  • Best score: 4
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #96 / 136
  • Number of attempts: 1
Song Transcription Oops - 225 entries

When transcribing vocal music to Canjo Tab you can start by finding the lowest note and assigning that to zero and working your way up from there. However, without fail, I tend to miscount the notes and when I am near done I find a lower note. I mark this with a "z". This means I have to increase all the previous ones by 1. just a sting of numbers :)

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #32 / 70
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remove quotes after first field - 322 entries

Remove the quotes around each field except for the first field.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #17 / 80
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array transposition - 2312 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #17 / 431
  • Number of attempts: 6
convert yml into java pojo field - 820 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: 29
  • Position: #72 / 218
  • Number of attempts: 4
Collect List - 4190 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #442 / 1169
  • Number of attempts: 5
I forgot quotes - 15769 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #918 / 4119
  • Number of attempts: 8
Gray area - 707 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #114 / 261
  • Number of attempts: 4
Don't know what this is - 1955 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: 14
  • Position: #367 / 573
  • Number of attempts: 2
Mess in revision history - 1144 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #58 / 243
  • Number of attempts: 4
quotes inside quotes - 3051 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
  • Position: #326 / 1050
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 12769 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1014 / 3925
  • Number of attempts: 3
Resort and deup a CSV list - 135 entries

I'm always adding items to a sorted list. There has to be a better way dedup and resort the lists. There are multiple lists with varying lengths to discourage manual sorting. Also Australia's animals are weird.

  • Best score: 44
  • Best player score: 44
  • Position: #11 / 37
  • Number of attempts: 3
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 1022 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #124 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 2
calculations - 256 entries

Complete these (weird) calculations.

  • Best score: 38
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #5 / 62
  • Number of attempts: 7
replacing each line of a block selection - 2838 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #275 / 741
  • Number of attempts: 3
Switch function arguments - 1993 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #169 / 630
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4963 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #567 / 1712
  • Number of attempts: 2
Shebangs for all - 1787 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: 11
  • Position: #54 / 470
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 11705 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1740 / 3430
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6066 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #611 / 1496
  • Number of attempts: 3
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