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Generate a very basic Python constructor (fixed) - 723 entries

Original by @BiddulphCaleb (http://www.vimgolf.com/challenges/6019f1c4642668000cee11e8) - had some extra spaces in output file.

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #50 / 165
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fill in the chess board - 605 entries

Fill in the name of each square using its file (a-h) and rank (1-8).

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #38 / 127
  • Number of attempts: 5
Lowercase first characters - 370 entries

This is the (abridged) input for Day 3 in Advent of Code 2019. The output is a format more suitable for Prolog programming: the two lines of input become two lists of pairs, joined together in a wires functor.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #11 / 133
  • Number of attempts: 3
Increment number for every 10 lines - 161 entries

The file consists of 2 columns (code and percentage). We need to add 2 more columns with increasing number for 4th column (Xcols) and increment 3rd column (Ycols) only for every 10 lines with reset of 4th column

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #1 / 47
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32992 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: #1264 / 7283
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values - 4482 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #580 / 1245
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 18426 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #387 / 3799
  • Number of attempts: 6
V to the i - 4645 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1265 / 1859
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 2111 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #132 / 624
  • Number of attempts: 3
multiple cursor alternative - 1448 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: #135 / 370
  • Number of attempts: 2
From argument to object - 1433 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: 18
  • Position: #220 / 437
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2839 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #218 / 688
  • Number of attempts: 5
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: #88 / 628
  • Number of attempts: 6
Array propagate - 312 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #6 / 111
  • Number of attempts: 3
Extract argument from function - 2257 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #348 / 733
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4695 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #827 / 1556
  • Number of attempts: 3
comment and uncomment code inline - 1014 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: 10
  • Position: #171 / 298
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11261 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2590 / 4135
  • Number of attempts: 1
Team names - 1780 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #112 / 571
  • Number of attempts: 2
Learn some german verbs - 519 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: 21
  • Position: #16 / 127
  • Number of attempts: 2
Subnetting - 105 entries

Split up the IP addresses in the right way.

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #25 / 34
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 239 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #22 / 129
  • Number of attempts: 1
Missing Library and a Typo - 838 entries

I forgot to add a c library, please add it for me. Also I'm bad at typing so fix my typo too.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #65 / 206
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5449 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #98 / 1231
  • Number of attempts: 4
Adam's challenge - 917 entries

Change both normal to bold and 4 by 2. Adam Wathan challenge this on twitter . He did it in 11 keystrokes on Sublime.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #110 / 258
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 801 entries

Get rid of the '%' symbols and shift the decimal place. This is the easier version - all the columns line up.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #106 / 274
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 7568 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #774 / 2055
  • Number of attempts: 4
Order and join - 884 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #109 / 243
  • Number of attempts: 2
Collect List - 4191 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #351 / 1170
  • Number of attempts: 3
Space out the alphabet - 1595 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #192 / 434
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15769 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #706 / 4119
  • Number of attempts: 2
Don't know what this is - 1959 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: 12
  • Position: #211 / 574
  • Number of attempts: 4
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10557 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2254 / 3643
  • Number of attempts: 2
attr_aligner - 3402 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #205 / 685
  • Number of attempts: 5
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: 15
  • Position: #465 / 1050
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 12769 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2396 / 3925
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2383 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #160 / 721
  • Number of attempts: 3
replacing each line of a block selection - 2838 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #192 / 741
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 4963 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #920 / 1712
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: #1592 / 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: 43
  • Position: #962 / 1496
  • Number of attempts: 2
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