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Simple, Practical, and Common - 32910 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: #511 / 7271
  • Number of attempts: 10
Swap values - 4440 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #468 / 1241
  • Number of attempts: 6
Add semicolons - 10539 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #845 / 2988
  • Number of attempts: 4
Split line with dots - 2098 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #46 / 622
  • Number of attempts: 3
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3454 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #129 / 1121
  • Number of attempts: 2
Box it - 7680 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #451 / 1835
  • Number of attempts: 5
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: #91 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 3
VimGolfNight - 495 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #33 / 327
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 3026 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: #686 / 1044
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #61 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 4
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 1005 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #189 / 418
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4917 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #5 / 1701
  • Number of attempts: 3
Replacing some words - 412 entries

How fast could it be?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #52 / 145
  • Number of attempts: 6
remove dupes from array - 1290 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: 17
  • Position: #16 / 325
  • Number of attempts: 9
PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 482 entries

I recently needed to send an e-mail to our marketing department listing allowed merge tags for our MailChimp campaigns. The allowed merge tags were determined from a PHP array in one of our PHP classes. I transformed the PHP class to MailChimp's syntax and sent the e-mail. It was, however, a long, laborious process. I'm still fairly new to Vim and would love to see how an expert Vim user would tackle one of my own, real-world problems. Thanks and have fun!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #5 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 8
Sort entries based on date - 339 entries

Sort some entries in a Ledger-file based on date.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #18 / 110
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple text editing with Vim - 11637 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #178 / 3413
  • Number of attempts: 3
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