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Simple, Practical, and Common - 32910 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: 27
  • Position: #3921 / 7271
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 18378 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #560 / 3788
  • Number of attempts: 13
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge2 - 173 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #32 / 86
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values inside brackets - 2431 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #461 / 560
  • Number of attempts: 4
Unsemantic linewrapping - 826 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: 23
  • Position: #205 / 208
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 4641 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #684 / 1857
  • Number of attempts: 3
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2748 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #180 / 815
  • Number of attempts: 6
Add string initializers to an enum - 765 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #22 / 226
  • Number of attempts: 12
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1117 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: #16 / 232
  • Number of attempts: 11
Add semicolons - 10539 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #246 / 2988
  • Number of attempts: 4
Bad Copy Syntax - 1938 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #116 / 493
  • Number of attempts: 10
Split line with dots - 2098 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #463 / 622
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3454 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #299 / 1121
  • Number of attempts: 4
Com(m)a Trouble - 3376 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #66 / 760
  • Number of attempts: 10
Box it - 7680 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #674 / 1835
  • Number of attempts: 4
multiple cursor alternative - 1447 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: 20
  • Position: #171 / 369
  • Number of attempts: 6
Copy three lines - 2794 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #144 / 625
  • Number of attempts: 13
comment and uncomment code inline - 995 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: 9
  • Position: #129 / 296
  • Number of attempts: 6
Just the middle - 11136 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1294 / 4112
  • Number of attempts: 2
Learn some german verbs - 501 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #110 / 124
  • Number of attempts: 3
Basic renumbering - 5430 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #274 / 1227
  • Number of attempts: 9
Vice versa - 7522 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #498 / 2044
  • Number of attempts: 6
Align commas - 1040 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: 12
  • Position: #98 / 236
  • Number of attempts: 13
One to Ten - 2093 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: #187 / 641
  • Number of attempts: 3
Line under headers - 1918 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #334 / 472
  • Number of attempts: 5
Build a six - 267 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #70 / 89
  • Number of attempts: 6
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: #180 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remove quotes after first field - 319 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #20 / 79
  • Number of attempts: 7
Reorder the groups - 1112 entries

Change the order so that the groups of fruit come before the vegetables.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #51 / 252
  • Number of attempts: 18
move titles next to url, in quotes - 487 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #56 / 128
  • Number of attempts: 9
convert yml into java pojo field - 808 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: #76 / 215
  • Number of attempts: 10
I forgot quotes - 15740 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1180 / 4115
  • Number of attempts: 9
-a-b-c- - 3118 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #703 / 1112
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10533 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1435 / 3637
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1020 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 11637 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #601 / 3413
  • Number of attempts: 5
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