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Played Challenges

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: #34 / 173
  • Number of attempts: 2
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 587 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: 18
  • Position: #12 / 136
  • Number of attempts: 5
Yo To Hello - 877 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #68 / 412
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32743 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: #2103 / 7235
  • Number of attempts: 5
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 783 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #25 / 224
  • Number of attempts: 9
Get mail address from outlook format - 524 entries

Create a mail list space separated of mail list formatted by outlook

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #9 / 164
  • Number of attempts: 9
Add text at some column - 134 entries

Complete golang struct statement.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #28 / 51
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values - 4390 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #315 / 1230
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: #91 / 1421
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 18223 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #628 / 3759
  • Number of attempts: 8
Right Align Part of the line - 55 entries

The challenge is to right align a part of the line - this is useful in some SQL queries where it's more clear which are the fields displayed

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #19 / 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
Quote modules - 981 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #121 / 250
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 36
  • Position: #42 / 142
  • Number of attempts: 9
Swap values inside brackets - 2403 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #82 / 554
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: #62 / 201
  • Number of attempts: 8
V to the i - 4596 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1414 / 1837
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: #208 / 803
  • Number of attempts: 2
Refactor typescript arrow function type - 272 entries

Make arrow function type less verbose and easier to read

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #24 / 60
  • Number of attempts: 6
Add string initializers to an enum - 726 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #46 / 218
  • Number of attempts: 6
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: 20
  • Position: #86 / 222
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 10429 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #474 / 2954
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: #177 / 478
  • Number of attempts: 5
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3419 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #723 / 1108
  • Number of attempts: 1
Com(m)a Trouble - 3284 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #105 / 741
  • Number of attempts: 6
Box it - 7622 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #308 / 1819
  • Number of attempts: 4
Cool or not? - 738 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #110 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 7
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: 19
  • Position: #85 / 363
  • Number of attempts: 8
html paragraph to table - 583 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 56
  • Position: #55 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 17
  • Position: #132 / 412
  • Number of attempts: 3
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 691 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #82 / 160
  • Number of attempts: 3
Every other line - 2775 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #63 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 8
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: 13
  • Position: #158 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 8
Extract argument from function - 2186 entries

The aim is to see if you can do some refactoring very fast.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #368 / 721
  • Number of attempts: 6
Search and Replace 0 - 4534 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #644 / 1507
  • Number of attempts: 2
comment and uncomment code inline - 973 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: 3
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #140 / 291
  • Number of attempts: 4
Just the middle - 11078 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1358 / 4089
  • Number of attempts: 2
Team names - 1754 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #308 / 564
  • Number of attempts: 5
Basic renumbering - 5393 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #219 / 1218
  • Number of attempts: 11
Adam's challenge - 903 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: #93 / 251
  • Number of attempts: 4
ninja substitution - 1238 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #63 / 237
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 7413 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #539 / 2010
  • Number of attempts: 4
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge4 - 65 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #35 / 46
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: #271 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 4
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 591 entries

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

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #112 / 189
  • Number of attempts: 2
Line under headers - 1852 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #63 / 459
  • Number of attempts: 10
Increment each number - 922 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #74 / 228
  • Number of attempts: 7
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: #224 / 346
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reorder the groups - 1071 entries

Change the order so that the groups of fruit come before the vegetables.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #68 / 246
  • Number of attempts: 6
Array transposition - 2234 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #149 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 5
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: #82 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 6
Collect List - 4146 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #470 / 1159
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 15639 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #1008 / 4095
  • Number of attempts: 10
-a-b-c- - 3077 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #279 / 1099
  • Number of attempts: 4
Don't know what this is - 1913 entries

Replace contents of brackets with matching number of spaces. Don't ask what the format's supposed to be.

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #225 / 563
  • Number of attempts: 3
Mess in revision history - 1117 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #64 / 239
  • Number of attempts: 10
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10509 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1498 / 3627
  • 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: 15
  • Position: #481 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 5
Words in parens - 12677 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1066 / 3903
  • 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: 22
  • Position: #409 / 724
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1168 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #259 / 477
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple text editing with Vim - 11351 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1764 / 3334
  • Number of attempts: 3
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