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Played Challenges

HS exam question - 905 entries

Convert the data to a python dictionary

  • Best score: 47
  • Best player score: 61
  • Position: #73 / 247
  • Number of attempts: 6
Reformat symbols in list - 806 entries

Saw this in some lecture, easy reformatting using multiple cursor in VS Code

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #53 / 180
  • Number of attempts: 6
Fizzbuzz - 267 entries

type the first 100 lines of the fizzbuzz problem

  • Best score: 47
  • Best player score: 84
  • Position: #54 / 89
  • Number of attempts: 3
Substraction (bis) - 311 entries

Solve the equations (adapted from the original @Caek_'s challenge).

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #22 / 69
  • Number of attempts: 10
Changing around text with citations - 181 entries

Based off of something I saw on reddit

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #23 / 53
  • Number of attempts: 2
Many duplicates - 719 entries

Quick and easy

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #199 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 4
2 quick changes and a numbered list - 384 entries

The ascii will not be lost, but rather numbered in 4 digit blocks with leading zeros.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #2 / 94
  • Number of attempts: 14
delete swap - 830 entries

delete all swap

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #69 / 279
  • Number of attempts: 4
Fix the shell script! - 1509 entries

Fix the shell script with the fewest keystrokes!

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #101 / 373
  • Number of attempts: 6
Put a newline after every 10 lines in vim - 1228 entries

Goal is to put a newline after every 10 lines in vim.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #172 / 423
  • Number of attempts: 2
Java to JavaScript - 210 entries

Let convert some simple Java file to JavaScript!

  • Best score: 59
  • Best player score: 64
  • Position: #12 / 54
  • Number of attempts: 7
Wikitext headings to markdown - 737 entries

Convert the wikitext headings to markdown.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #55 / 164
  • Number of attempts: 8
hello-world-vimgolf - 1850 entries

Simple number generation

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #62 / 526
  • Number of attempts: 12
Contribute to keyboard mashing - 718 entries

Speak in tongues

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #74 / 221
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reordering Lorem Ipsum - 211 entries

Who even sorted this?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #7 / 52
  • Number of attempts: 10
Solve anagram with ASCII letters - 30 entries

ASCII created by TOIlet command

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 81
  • Position: #8 / 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fill in the chess board - 700 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #100 / 147
  • Number of attempts: 5
Learn to ask for :help - 453 entries

Learn to use the help to reduce your strokes...

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #23 / 103
  • Number of attempts: 9
Plotting some variables in python - 1320 entries

4 sets of (x,y) variables to plot. Just increment the numbers! Well, let's change the colors of the lines as well. Oh and we meant to plot the absolute values of course.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #78 / 278
  • Number of attempts: 6
Transpose a python matrix - 648 entries

Rotate the matrix in 90 degrees.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 71
  • Position: #89 / 114
  • Number of attempts: 2
Lowercase first characters - 406 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: 44
  • Position: #99 / 145
  • Number of attempts: 3
Migrated to Postgres! - 250 entries

Celebration completion of this project. https://github.com/igrigorik/vimgolf/pull/322

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #50 / 99
  • Number of attempts: 4
simple replacements - 1194 entries

The goal is to see the replacement commands in action.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #35 / 266
  • Number of attempts: 8
Inverting Lines - 1472 entries

A simple challenge to invert all lines, except the first.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #123 / 400
  • Number of attempts: 9
HS Final exam vimgolf - 782 entries

Change the initial file to a single line containing all names comma-separated with numbers inside parentheses.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #120 / 209
  • Number of attempts: 7
Extend shell script - 92 entries

Just add some more stuff

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 51
  • Position: #18 / 39
  • Number of attempts: 8
Python: Def to Lambda - 396 entries

LAMBDA!!!

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #11 / 136
  • Number of attempts: 5
Turn the x - 270 entries

Turn the x to a +

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #33 / 69
  • Number of attempts: 11
Rural Post - 4197 entries

Simple challenge to remove all but the post code on each line

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #195 / 1035
  • Number of attempts: 7
Satisfy the go linter - 2041 entries

You just came up with this briliant go vars package. But dang, you forgot to add comments to the exported variables. Can you add a comment over each variable with a TODO-placeholder?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #222 / 416
  • Number of attempts: 8
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 827 entries

You created an ansible playbook, but forgot to add quotes. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #113 / 260
  • Number of attempts: 4
Data reformat - 251 entries

Reformat this copy-paste data! #csv

  • Best score: 38
  • Best player score: 54
  • Position: #34 / 58
  • Number of attempts: 2
xrandr outputs and dashes - 619 entries

uh oh, different video drivers identify display outputs with more dashes. Quick, need to change this xrandr script!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #26 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 4
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 712 entries

ThunderLinks are durable hyperlinks to specific email messages generated from Thunderbird in HTML format. Leverage the power of vim to make them suitable for a markdown-formatted file.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #77 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 11
Capitalize the Names - 328 entries

I want to capitalize the names in quotes, but just the people's names, not the file names.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #67 / 83
  • Number of attempts: 6
Yo To Hello - 1067 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #93 / 490
  • Number of attempts: 1
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 1048 entries

For each line replace a search pattern (in this case $) with numbers starting at 1 and then increasing by 1 for each replaced match. a$b$c$ -> a0b1c2

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #14 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 10
Simple, Practical, and Common - 33073 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: #1761 / 7295
  • Number of attempts: 19
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 841 entries

Given a list of emails, get the students full name and their associated house.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #58 / 243
  • Number of attempts: 5
Swap values - 4484 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #305 / 1245
  • Number of attempts: 10
prepend * to every non-blank line - 6081 entries

Prepend an asterisk to every non-blank line in the input file.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #10 / 1485
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 18472 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #2464 / 3807
  • Number of attempts: 5
Quote modules - 1023 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #78 / 262
  • Number of attempts: 7
Aliases for cd - 819 entries

Create these beautiful aliases with as few strokes as possible. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 179
  • Position: #139 / 146
  • Number of attempts: 1
Wget failed to download redirections - 181 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: 20
  • Position: #39 / 62
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap values inside brackets - 2441 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #286 / 564
  • Number of attempts: 7
Unsemantic linewrapping - 849 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: 9
  • Position: #78 / 215
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 4647 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #620 / 1861
  • Number of attempts: 7
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2779 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #78 / 823
  • Number of attempts: 16
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1124 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: 27
  • Position: #133 / 235
  • Number of attempts: 9
Add semicolons - 10717 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #259 / 3020
  • Number of attempts: 12
Bad Copy Syntax - 1952 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #127 / 498
  • Number of attempts: 7
Split line with dots - 2113 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #529 / 625
  • Number of attempts: 8
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3483 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #72 / 1128
  • Number of attempts: 7
Com(m)a Trouble - 3477 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #269 / 779
  • Number of attempts: 17
Box it - 7722 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #216 / 1842
  • Number of attempts: 22
multiple cursor alternative - 1452 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: 26
  • Position: #309 / 371
  • Number of attempts: 7
html paragraph to table - 587 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 51
  • Position: #30 / 122
  • Number of attempts: 11
From argument to object - 1441 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: #238 / 441
  • Number of attempts: 2
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 718 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #145 / 169
  • Number of attempts: 5
Every other line - 2850 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #288 / 690
  • Number of attempts: 7
Copy three lines - 2819 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #287 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 9
Search and Replace 0 - 4730 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #550 / 1565
  • Number of attempts: 7
Just the middle - 11284 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1305 / 4140
  • Number of attempts: 5
Team names - 1789 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #206 / 574
  • Number of attempts: 9
Basic renumbering - 5484 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #590 / 1241
  • Number of attempts: 8
Adam's challenge - 922 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: 21
  • Position: #154 / 260
  • Number of attempts: 7
ninja substitution - 1326 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #183 / 252
  • Number of attempts: 8
One to Ten - 2119 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: #13 / 648
  • Number of attempts: 6
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 611 entries

Change the middle part of the function name in multiple places, preferably using the next and dot commands.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #111 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 12
Line under headers - 1933 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #205 / 476
  • Number of attempts: 7
Build a six - 267 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #20 / 89
  • Number of attempts: 7
Increment each number - 958 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #92 / 237
  • Number of attempts: 8
Delete to the end of the current line - 718 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #16 / 352
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remove quotes after first field - 332 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #73 / 83
  • Number of attempts: 6
Put the months in order - 922 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #77 / 156
  • Number of attempts: 8
move titles next to url, in quotes - 496 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #92 / 130
  • Number of attempts: 5
Array transposition - 2321 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 48
  • Position: #409 / 434
  • Number of attempts: 3
convert yml into java pojo field - 825 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: #53 / 221
  • Number of attempts: 14
Collect List - 4207 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #841 / 1174
  • Number of attempts: 10
Fix the XML - 962 entries

The challenge consists in having a valid xml from an incomplete source.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #239 / 280
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 15822 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1795 / 4129
  • Number of attempts: 6
-a-b-c- - 3135 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #269 / 1118
  • Number of attempts: 8
Mess in revision history - 1151 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #220 / 244
  • Number of attempts: 5
attr_aligner - 3403 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #621 / 686
  • Number of attempts: 2
quotes inside quotes - 3077 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: 17
  • Position: #912 / 1057
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 340 entries

"Sort by popularity" is a good order to play the challenges. Not perfect, but you could do a lot worse. ;) Input is a sample copy-pasted from vimgolf.com. Some of the challenge names have digits that will get in your way, so read ":help :sort" for hints on sorting with a regex. When you're done, try your solution on the full list!

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #32 / 103
  • Number of attempts: 10
Words in parens - 12786 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1775 / 3928
  • Number of attempts: 6
Resort and deup a CSV list - 135 entries

I'm always adding items to a sorted list. There has to be a better way dedup and resort the lists. There are multiple lists with varying lengths to discourage manual sorting. Also Australia's animals are weird.

  • Best score: 44
  • Best player score: 210
  • Position: #36 / 37
  • Number of attempts: 1
Santa's naughty / nice list - 77 entries

Christmas is here and Santa hasn't decided who's naughty or nice yet. He's given a list of names to his programmer friend to quickly split the children into naughty and nice. Hint: There's a hidden pattern that might be familiar.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 44
  • Position: #11 / 23
  • Number of attempts: 6
The name of the game - 637 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #253 / 349
  • Number of attempts: 2
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1527 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #113 / 429
  • Number of attempts: 11
Alphabet soup - 400 entries

Create a column of all alphabet characters organized in a funky way

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #32 / 97
  • Number of attempts: 3
replacing each line of a block selection - 2874 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #215 / 753
  • Number of attempts: 13
Remove noise from HTTP log - 668 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: #134 / 264
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 4978 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #531 / 1716
  • Number of attempts: 9
A Simple One - 968 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
  • Position: #510 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat some Python - 573 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #91 / 226
  • Number of attempts: 8
Flodder-challenge - 974 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #112 / 282
  • Number of attempts: 10
Simple text editing with Vim - 11811 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #561 / 3459
  • Number of attempts: 9

Contributed Challenges

Put the months in order - 922 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

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entered into 100 challenges

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