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Played Challenges

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5569 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 6
Refactor static member invocation - 180 entries

Someone used a static method. Refactor the method into a static import while fixing the assertion.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 2
Pairs of numbers - 325 entries

Line 1 represents x, line 2 y-data. Bring the corresponding pairs in the form "[x,y]\n"

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
Two become one - 676 entries

We have two c arrays and want to make one two dimensional out of it. Can we do that?

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 3
Going underground.... - 291 entries

Simple reformatting: in this case changing from the format London underground supplies its customers with, to the format that Google Calendar likes...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
Suffix sort - 166 entries

Sort from the end of the line, as if the letters in each line were reversed.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
vim1001 - 243 entries

change number 1001 into a "vim1001 sequence". (My first challenge, hope it is not too bad... )

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
Coordinates placeholder - 52 entries

Place coordinates instead of target search.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Indentation - 416 entries

Indent each line according to the right number of spaces it needs.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 731 entries

convert an ugly spreadsheet copy/paste into a CSV format.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change the content of a string - 1253 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 191 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
attr_aligner - 3081 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 3
Numbering a List - 1752 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Assignment Alignment - 703 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Prefixes and suffixes - 506 entries

Generate all prefixes of "vimchallenge", then all suffixes.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
Flip the chessboard - 66 entries

White's turn is over. Flip the board to black's perspective. I added coordinates to frustrate you.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
VimGolfNight - 463 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Condensed Cases - 700 entries

Apple's new programming language, Swift, allows two style of case statements: 1) one Enum case on each line, or 2) multiple Enum cases on a single line. Convert the following from the first case (no pun intended) to the second type.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 11376 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9733 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2167 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 4
Switch function arguments - 1852 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4210 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Append semicolon after expressions - 880 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Count both ways - 893 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Shebangs for all - 1642 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: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
A Simple One - 849 entries

Here is a very simple one - just to illustrate/introduce a vim feature that some people seem to miss...

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2250 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 4
lamb had a little Mary - 499 entries

"Mary" and "lamb" are swapped. Unswap them. Fast as you can.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 3
increment by column in XML - 140 entries

modify an arbitrary "column" in an xml table by incrementing a an arbitrary placeholder string

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reverse Simple Deletion - 721 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Saving the hashes(#) - 1806 entries

The following file is copied from vimcasts.org(Its only for learning purpose,hope the site owner doesn't mind it), its probably the easiest of challenges.Our goal is to delete every line which doesn't contain a hash signs. The remaining hash signs with numbers are then sorted to get the final output.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 5
replacing each line of a block selection - 2591 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 3
Don't know what this is - 1805 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
  • Number of attempts: 3
Extract argument from function - 2049 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Letter case trickery - 1450 entries

This file is in a downright esoteric format, consisting of hexadecimal numbers, non-hexadecimal keywords, and "Z" indicating end-of-line. Make the hexadecimal numbers lowercase.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment, increment, increment.... - 493 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 9691 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4443 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 4122 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
Wget failed to download redirections - 158 entries

Output of a wget session, where 302 where not properly handled due to certificate problems, has been saved to a file. Keep the correct URLs to start again downloading.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 12737 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remove semicolons after expressions - 463 entries

A follow-up for http://vimgolf.com/challenges/4fc9d767d3a0d4000100000e.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 943 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap assigned value - 499 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Checkerboard case pattern - 106 entries

All the squares are white. Make some of them black. But only the right ones.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Happy TvvO - 357 entries

Don’t forget the past, learn from it. Happy New Year.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove noise from HTTP log - 618 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: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shuffle puzzle - 289 entries

Sort the lines in each indent group, and sort the groups. That's the pattern. Or just move lines around manually to get a better score.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1035 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
-a-b-c- - 2689 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 10680 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shift down - 179 entries

Number words are back.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
Lisp Condense - 391 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Groups magic - 136 entries

Regexp or macros for string converting: (a) -> ___ (abc) -> ____ (abcd) -> ______ All in the '(' replace to _ multiply by char count + ()

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Gray area - 655 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 4841 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Where should I put the Newline? - 803 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
Harder than "abcd > a b c d" - 64 entries

Not as easy as the last challenge. This time, just one space between a and b, up to 25 spaces between y and z. (Removed some lines; diff was too long.)

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1311 entries

Oh no, this line is longer than 80 chars... put each 'vim' on a new line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make it more readable - 1769 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
camel riding - 703 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Pretty format for variable declarations - 128 entries

Project standards demand the equal signs must be aligned for better readability.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove dupes from array - 1231 entries

given a random string that contains a ruby-esque array, make sure that there are no duplicate elements

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2599 entries

Convert tabs to spaces, strip empty lines and trailing whitespace.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 3
Mess in revision history - 1008 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 3
quotes inside quotes - 2834 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
  • Number of attempts: 1
120 Degrees - 370 entries

Rotate that triangle.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
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