Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

Pick a challenge, fire up Vim, and show us what you got.

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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 32752 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: 24
  • Position: #2857 / 7238
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap values - 4401 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #206 / 1233
  • Number of attempts: 6
One number per line - 18255 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #225 / 3765
  • Number of attempts: 12
Split line with dots - 2075 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #478 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 3
multiple cursor alternative - 1419 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: 30
  • Position: #322 / 364
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2781 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #211 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 4
Copy three lines - 2755 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #441 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 2
comment and uncomment code inline - 974 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: #148 / 290
  • Number of attempts: 4
Team names - 1755 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #80 / 564
  • Number of attempts: 5
Turn a ninja to case-insensitive [Nn][Ii][Nn][Jj][Aa] regexp! - 43 entries

I bumped into this in a dailywtf code: http://pastebin.com/QApa5ycS I didn't want to translate a string whenever I wanted to be [Ss][Aa][Rr][Cc][Aa][Ss][Tt][Ii][Cc] on slack, so I figured a script (python, sed, whatever) would be helpful. Well, or a few vim keystroke!

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #17 / 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
Adam's challenge - 905 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: 18
  • Position: #13 / 253
  • Number of attempts: 5
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 791 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: 19
  • Position: #243 / 269
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7430 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 48
  • Position: #1995 / 2015
  • Number of attempts: 1
Paragraph sort - 394 entries

My large herbivorous mammals, Vim commands, and POSIX utilities need to be sorted separately.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #31 / 114
  • Number of attempts: 3
Maze path - 32 entries

Follow the given motions and mark your path with Xs. Attention: This maze is quite big (20x20), please set your terminal size to at least 82.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 91
  • Position: #10 / 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
Generate a list of numbers - 269 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #45 / 127
  • Number of attempts: 2
Array transposition - 2244 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #91 / 423
  • Number of attempts: 14
Collect List - 4146 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #346 / 1159
  • Number of attempts: 6
range(10) digit rotation - 32 entries

This is a data generator challenge or some kind of gift..

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #15 / 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15647 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #686 / 4096
  • Number of attempts: 9
-a-b-c- - 3077 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #206 / 1099
  • Number of attempts: 5
Piphilology - 124 entries

Piphilology comprises the creation and use of mnemonic techniques to remember a span of digits of the mathematical constant π. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piphilology

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #14 / 49
  • Number of attempts: 5
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10509 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1221 / 3627
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12678 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #868 / 3904
  • Number of attempts: 6
Prefixes and suffixes - 533 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #30 / 175
  • Number of attempts: 6
The name of the game - 608 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #223 / 331
  • Number of attempts: 3
Create an alphabet diamond - 76 entries

Here's a brain teaser to keep things interesting...

  • Best score: 40
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #6 / 29
  • Number of attempts: 7
Vertical Limit - 2310 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #68 / 702
  • Number of attempts: 6
Switch function arguments - 1945 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #152 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 7
The meaning - 515 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #273 / 330
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment, increment, increment.... - 531 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #300 / 357
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make Fancy Header - 929 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #269 / 313
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reverse characters in a line - 615 entries

You have everything you need, just not in the right order. Mastermind would give you 26 white pegs.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #12 / 226
  • Number of attempts: 6
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