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Simple, Practical, and Common - 32972 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: 25
  • Position: #3295 / 7278
  • Number of attempts: 8
Swap values - 4440 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #751 / 1241
  • Number of attempts: 3
One number per line - 18395 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #1244 / 3793
  • Number of attempts: 9
Swap values inside brackets - 2433 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #249 / 561
  • Number of attempts: 8
V to the i - 4641 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #675 / 1857
  • Number of attempts: 6
Add semicolons - 10546 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #201 / 2990
  • Number of attempts: 5
Split line with dots - 2103 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #598 / 623
  • Number of attempts: 4
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3454 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #281 / 1121
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 7682 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #191 / 1836
  • Number of attempts: 7
Every other line - 2829 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #397 / 686
  • Number of attempts: 9
Copy three lines - 2801 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #379 / 625
  • Number of attempts: 6
Search and Replace 0 - 4681 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #613 / 1550
  • Number of attempts: 5
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: #125 / 296
  • Number of attempts: 8
Just the middle - 11141 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1283 / 4114
  • Number of attempts: 3
Team names - 1780 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #447 / 571
  • Number of attempts: 4
Basic renumbering - 5444 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #187 / 1229
  • Number of attempts: 19
Adam's challenge - 916 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: 26
  • Position: #234 / 257
  • Number of attempts: 1
Wrap text in quotes - 340 entries

All the blocks of text should be wrapped in quotation marks.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #41 / 115
  • Number of attempts: 8
Vice versa - 7541 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1352 / 2049
  • Number of attempts: 3
One to Ten - 2095 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: #174 / 642
  • Number of attempts: 5
Delete to the end of the current line - 713 entries

Delete to the end of the current line, but keep the character under the cursor.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #172 / 349
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array transposition - 2312 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #314 / 431
  • Number of attempts: 5
Collect List - 4184 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #444 / 1167
  • Number of attempts: 4
Mute the second method of this script - 439 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #134 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15749 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2639 / 4117
  • Number of attempts: 6
Don't know what this is - 1951 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: #222 / 572
  • Number of attempts: 5
Mess in revision history - 1143 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #143 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 10
quotes inside quotes - 3030 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: 16
  • Position: #635 / 1045
  • Number of attempts: 4
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1723 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 3
The name of the game - 629 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #250 / 344
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vertical Limit - 2377 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #80 / 719
  • Number of attempts: 4
replacing each line of a block selection - 2826 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #635 / 739
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remove noise from HTTP log - 665 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: 15
  • Position: #131 / 262
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 4945 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1412 / 1708
  • Number of attempts: 1
Numbering a List - 1832 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #45 / 627
  • Number of attempts: 2
Assignment Alignment - 782 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #97 / 211
  • Number of attempts: 2
Shebangs for all - 1777 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: #55 / 468
  • Number of attempts: 16
Reverse Simple Deletion - 772 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #44 / 432
  • Number of attempts: 5
The Cake is a Lie - 1215 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #251 / 491
  • Number of attempts: 6
Change the content of a string - 1354 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #184 / 522
  • Number of attempts: 4
Sort and add attributes - 1211 entries

Sort the states and add the attribute country to each record.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #225 / 490
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple text editing with Vim - 11657 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1739 / 3418
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6033 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #963 / 1486
  • Number of attempts: 2
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