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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 32879 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: 30
  • Position: #5025 / 7266
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values - 4420 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #1153 / 1238
  • Number of attempts: 1
One number per line - 18361 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #3112 / 3785
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 4635 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1801 / 1855
  • Number of attempts: 1
From argument to object - 1258 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: 23
  • Position: #367 / 416
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2815 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #328 / 683
  • Number of attempts: 2
Copy three lines - 2785 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #479 / 623
  • Number of attempts: 3
Extract argument from function - 2211 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #686 / 727
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4637 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #962 / 1536
  • Number of attempts: 3
comment and uncomment code inline - 984 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: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #48 / 294
  • Number of attempts: 6
Just the middle - 11119 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #3702 / 4108
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make HTML List - 987 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 49
  • Position: #180 / 261
  • Number of attempts: 1
Todo list specification - 362 entries

The every item on the todo list must be done today. Modify the list to reflect that.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #105 / 166
  • Number of attempts: 3
For all cases. - 126 entries

In this case... change it! :) Watch the line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #41 / 90
  • Number of attempts: 1
Stairstep digits - 240 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #86 / 115
  • Number of attempts: 1
Missing Library and a Typo - 830 entries

I forgot to add a c library, please add it for me. Also I'm bad at typing so fix my typo too.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #147 / 204
  • Number of attempts: 3
Hidden Message - 62 entries

Find the hidden message and replace all other characters with spaces.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 77
  • Position: #23 / 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
Adam's challenge - 913 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: #139 / 256
  • Number of attempts: 4
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 794 entries

Get rid of the '%' symbols and shift the decimal place. This is the easier version - all the columns line up.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #84 / 270
  • Number of attempts: 4
Combines all items - 266 entries

For each line that starts with the same number I want to combine its contents

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #62 / 122
  • Number of attempts: 2
replace 2nd column blanks with values in same column if blank - 210 entries

Where ,SOMELOGB and ,SOMELOGC replaces each /r carriage return if 2nd column is blank. The replace only happens if 2nd column is blank though and should replace up to the non blank row.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #71 / 73
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7508 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #1692 / 2038
  • Number of attempts: 1
Paragraph sort - 406 entries

My large herbivorous mammals, Vim commands, and POSIX utilities need to be sorted separately.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #96 / 118
  • Number of attempts: 1
Order and join - 870 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #105 / 239
  • Number of attempts: 7
Paragraph breaks - 480 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #147 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 2
comments galore - 967 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #231 / 409
  • Number of attempts: 4
Scrambled numbers - 772 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #168 / 179
  • Number of attempts: 1
Align commas - 1025 entries

There are 15,000 aligning challenges on vimgolf.com, and they're all exactly the same. I hope this one is a little different.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #198 / 234
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add Go XML to structure tags - 148 entries

The Go programming language can directly map XML to structure fields. Add the correct XML tag after each field.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #58 / 64
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 4172 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #817 / 1165
  • Number of attempts: 2
camel riding - 742 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #136 / 266
  • Number of attempts: 5
I forgot quotes - 15710 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #3164 / 4108
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 3107 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #961 / 1109
  • Number of attempts: 1
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1091 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #60 / 289
  • Number of attempts: 10
Don't know what this is - 1943 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #507 / 570
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10531 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1148 / 3636
  • Number of attempts: 4
Letter case trickery - 1537 entries

This file is in a downright esoteric format, consisting of hexadecimal numbers, non-hexadecimal keywords, and "Z" indicating end-of-line. Make the hexadecimal numbers lowercase.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #396 / 497
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 3020 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: 14
  • Position: #274 / 1043
  • Number of attempts: 4
Vertical Limit - 2363 entries

transform a succession of one word lines to a an array of strings

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #284 / 714
  • Number of attempts: 3
replacing each line of a block selection - 2777 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #458 / 731
  • Number of attempts: 6
switch variable - 4901 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1543 / 1698
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make it more readable - 1882 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #286 / 620
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 11587 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #3237 / 3400
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5969 entries

A simple case of removing unneeded code and fixing broken indentation.

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 48
  • Position: #1192 / 1474
  • Number of attempts: 1
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