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Played Challenges

Python: Def to Lambda - 220 entries

LAMBDA!!!

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #11 / 79
  • Number of attempts: 5
Turn the x - 174 entries

Turn the x to a +

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #25 / 48
  • Number of attempts: 11
Rural Post - 3797 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #175 / 938
  • Number of attempts: 7
Satisfy the go linter - 1611 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: #170 / 331
  • Number of attempts: 8
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 576 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #78 / 186
  • Number of attempts: 4
Data reformat - 219 entries

Reformat this copy-paste data! #csv

  • Best score: 38
  • Best player score: 54
  • Position: #32 / 53
  • Number of attempts: 1
xrandr outputs and dashes - 555 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 / 183
  • Number of attempts: 4
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 642 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: #69 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 11
Capitalize the Names - 280 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: #57 / 71
  • Number of attempts: 6
Yo To Hello - 980 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #93 / 452
  • Number of attempts: 1
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 954 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 / 193
  • Number of attempts: 10
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32765 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 / 7241
  • Number of attempts: 19
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 793 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #55 / 228
  • Number of attempts: 5
Swap values - 4409 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #305 / 1235
  • Number of attempts: 10
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5829 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #10 / 1434
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 18294 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #2436 / 3770
  • Number of attempts: 5
Quote modules - 985 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #74 / 252
  • Number of attempts: 7
Aliases for cd - 787 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: #136 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 1
Wget failed to download redirections - 169 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: #37 / 58
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap values inside brackets - 2417 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #283 / 557
  • Number of attempts: 7
Unsemantic linewrapping - 818 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 / 204
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 4615 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #620 / 1846
  • Number of attempts: 7
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2710 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #67 / 806
  • Number of attempts: 16
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1089 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: #128 / 227
  • Number of attempts: 9
Add semicolons - 10467 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #259 / 2966
  • Number of attempts: 12
Bad Copy Syntax - 1899 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #122 / 483
  • Number of attempts: 7
Split line with dots - 2081 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #524 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 8
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3436 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #72 / 1113
  • Number of attempts: 7
Com(m)a Trouble - 3307 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #254 / 746
  • Number of attempts: 17
Box it - 7657 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #216 / 1829
  • Number of attempts: 22
multiple cursor alternative - 1434 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: #305 / 367
  • Number of attempts: 7
html paragraph to table - 583 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 51
  • Position: #30 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 11
From argument to object - 1256 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: #219 / 415
  • Number of attempts: 2
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 706 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #141 / 165
  • Number of attempts: 5
Every other line - 2790 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #282 / 679
  • Number of attempts: 7
Copy three lines - 2766 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #282 / 620
  • Number of attempts: 9
Search and Replace 0 - 4583 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #550 / 1518
  • Number of attempts: 7
Just the middle - 11086 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1305 / 4093
  • Number of attempts: 5
Team names - 1763 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #206 / 566
  • Number of attempts: 9
Basic renumbering - 5408 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #577 / 1221
  • Number of attempts: 8
Adam's challenge - 906 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: #152 / 254
  • Number of attempts: 7
ninja substitution - 1261 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #174 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 8
One to Ten - 2071 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 / 634
  • Number of attempts: 6
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 595 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: #109 / 190
  • Number of attempts: 12
Line under headers - 1877 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #198 / 464
  • 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 - 946 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #90 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 8
Delete to the end of the current line - 711 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 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remove quotes after first field - 311 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #67 / 77
  • Number of attempts: 6
Put the months in order - 915 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: #76 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 8
move titles next to url, in quotes - 474 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #87 / 126
  • Number of attempts: 5
Array transposition - 2258 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 48
  • Position: #401 / 426
  • Number of attempts: 3
convert yml into java pojo field - 801 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 / 213
  • Number of attempts: 14
Collect List - 4155 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #832 / 1161
  • Number of attempts: 10
Fix the XML - 934 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #235 / 273
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 15666 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1782 / 4098
  • Number of attempts: 6
-a-b-c- - 3081 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #269 / 1100
  • Number of attempts: 8
Mess in revision history - 1117 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #215 / 239
  • Number of attempts: 5
attr_aligner - 3350 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #613 / 678
  • Number of attempts: 2
quotes inside quotes - 2998 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: #896 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 326 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 / 99
  • Number of attempts: 10
Words in parens - 12690 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1759 / 3906
  • 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 - 75 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: #10 / 22
  • Number of attempts: 6
The name of the game - 614 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #253 / 334
  • Number of attempts: 2
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1460 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 / 414
  • Number of attempts: 11
Alphabet soup - 353 entries

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

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #29 / 83
  • Number of attempts: 3
replacing each line of a block selection - 2751 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #210 / 726
  • Number of attempts: 13
Remove noise from HTTP log - 653 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 / 256
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 4871 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #531 / 1692
  • Number of attempts: 9
A Simple One - 880 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 / 589
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat some Python - 548 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #87 / 218
  • Number of attempts: 8
Flodder-challenge - 846 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #100 / 260
  • Number of attempts: 10
Simple text editing with Vim - 11431 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 / 3357
  • Number of attempts: 9

Contributed Challenges

Put the months in order - 915 entries

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

TimMcGuire
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entered into 74 challenges

contributed 1 challenges