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Played Challenges

Python: Def to Lambda - 181 entries

LAMBDA!!!

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #11 / 66
  • Number of attempts: 5
Turn the x - 136 entries

Turn the x to a +

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #20 / 40
  • Number of attempts: 11
Rural Post - 3731 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #169 / 919
  • Number of attempts: 7
Satisfy the go linter - 1524 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: #160 / 316
  • Number of attempts: 8
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 522 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #74 / 173
  • Number of attempts: 4
Data reformat - 207 entries

Reformat this copy-paste data! #csv

  • Best score: 38
  • Best player score: 54
  • Position: #29 / 50
  • Number of attempts: 1
xrandr outputs and dashes - 523 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 / 173
  • Number of attempts: 4
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 597 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: #64 / 136
  • Number of attempts: 11
Capitalize the Names - 248 entries

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

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #52 / 65
  • Number of attempts: 6
Yo To Hello - 883 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #93 / 414
  • Number of attempts: 1
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 898 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 / 184
  • Number of attempts: 10
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32746 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 / 7235
  • Number of attempts: 19
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 784 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #54 / 225
  • Number of attempts: 5
Swap values - 4390 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #305 / 1230
  • Number of attempts: 10
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5776 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #10 / 1421
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 18240 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #2426 / 3760
  • Number of attempts: 5
Quote modules - 981 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #73 / 250
  • Number of attempts: 7
Aliases for cd - 781 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: #135 / 142
  • 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 - 2404 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #282 / 555
  • Number of attempts: 7
Unsemantic linewrapping - 806 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 / 201
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 4596 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #620 / 1837
  • Number of attempts: 7
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2699 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #66 / 803
  • Number of attempts: 16
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1064 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: #124 / 222
  • Number of attempts: 9
Add semicolons - 10429 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #259 / 2954
  • Number of attempts: 12
Bad Copy Syntax - 1882 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #122 / 478
  • Number of attempts: 7
Split line with dots - 2075 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #523 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 8
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3419 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #72 / 1108
  • Number of attempts: 7
Com(m)a Trouble - 3284 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #252 / 741
  • Number of attempts: 17
Box it - 7622 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #216 / 1819
  • Number of attempts: 22
multiple cursor alternative - 1413 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: #301 / 363
  • 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 - 1250 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: #218 / 412
  • Number of attempts: 2
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 691 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #136 / 160
  • Number of attempts: 5
Every other line - 2773 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #280 / 676
  • Number of attempts: 7
Copy three lines - 2751 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #280 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 9
Search and Replace 0 - 4534 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #550 / 1507
  • Number of attempts: 7
Just the middle - 11074 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1305 / 4088
  • Number of attempts: 5
Team names - 1754 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #206 / 564
  • Number of attempts: 9
Basic renumbering - 5393 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #574 / 1218
  • Number of attempts: 8
Adam's challenge - 904 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 / 252
  • Number of attempts: 7
ninja substitution - 1238 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #171 / 237
  • Number of attempts: 8
One to Ten - 2055 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 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 6
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 590 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: #108 / 188
  • Number of attempts: 12
Line under headers - 1852 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #195 / 459
  • Number of attempts: 7
Build a six - 264 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #20 / 87
  • Number of attempts: 7
Increment each number - 922 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #87 / 228
  • Number of attempts: 8
Delete to the end of the current line - 708 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 / 346
  • 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 - 911 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: #75 / 154
  • Number of attempts: 8
move titles next to url, in quotes - 464 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #86 / 124
  • Number of attempts: 5
Array transposition - 2234 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 48
  • Position: #397 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 3
convert yml into java pojo field - 800 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 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 14
Collect List - 4146 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #830 / 1159
  • 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 - 15639 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1779 / 4095
  • Number of attempts: 6
-a-b-c- - 3077 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #269 / 1099
  • 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 - 3347 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #612 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 2
quotes inside quotes - 2996 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: 3
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #896 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 324 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 / 98
  • Number of attempts: 10
Words in parens - 12678 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1757 / 3904
  • Number of attempts: 6
Resort and deup a CSV list - 128 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: #35 / 36
  • 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 - 597 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #253 / 328
  • Number of attempts: 2
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1441 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 / 411
  • Number of attempts: 11
Alphabet soup - 333 entries

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

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #28 / 78
  • Number of attempts: 3
replacing each line of a block selection - 2740 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #209 / 724
  • Number of attempts: 13
Remove noise from HTTP log - 641 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 / 255
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 4863 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #531 / 1688
  • Number of attempts: 9
A Simple One - 870 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 / 581
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat some Python - 547 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #87 / 217
  • Number of attempts: 8
Flodder-challenge - 829 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #99 / 257
  • Number of attempts: 10
Simple text editing with Vim - 11365 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 / 3337
  • Number of attempts: 9

Contributed Challenges

Put the months in order - 911 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