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Simple, Practical, and Common - 32972 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: #813 / 7278
  • Number of attempts: 18
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 834 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #66 / 239
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values - 4440 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #144 / 1241
  • Number of attempts: 2
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5977 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #444 / 1468
  • Number of attempts: 3
One number per line - 18395 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #182 / 3793
  • Number of attempts: 8
Quote modules - 1019 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #43 / 260
  • Number of attempts: 5
Aliases for cd - 819 entries

Create these beautiful aliases with as few strokes as possible. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #37 / 146
  • Number of attempts: 8
V to the i - 4641 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #456 / 1857
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add semicolons - 10546 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1257 / 2990
  • Number of attempts: 2
Split line with dots - 2103 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #106 / 623
  • Number of attempts: 5
Box it - 7682 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #269 / 1836
  • Number of attempts: 8
Every other line - 2836 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #170 / 687
  • Number of attempts: 3
Copy three lines - 2811 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #48 / 626
  • Number of attempts: 5
Extract argument from function - 2218 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #182 / 729
  • Number of attempts: 4
Search and Replace 0 - 4681 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #479 / 1550
  • Number of attempts: 3
That hyphen - 2507 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #344 / 684
  • Number of attempts: 4
Just the middle - 11141 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #846 / 4114
  • Number of attempts: 4
Make HTML List - 987 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #89 / 261
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5444 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #449 / 1229
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 798 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: 14
  • Position: #156 / 273
  • Number of attempts: 3
Combines all items - 273 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #46 / 124
  • Number of attempts: 2
replace 2nd column blanks with values in same column if blank - 211 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: 15
  • Position: #19 / 74
  • Number of attempts: 4
Vice versa - 7541 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #259 / 2049
  • Number of attempts: 6
C Reformatting - 686 entries

You may use Visual mode... or not. #uppercase

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #4 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 4
Order and join - 884 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #27 / 243
  • Number of attempts: 7
Paragraph breaks - 488 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #23 / 161
  • Number of attempts: 6
comments galore - 970 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #213 / 410
  • Number of attempts: 1
Scrambled numbers - 772 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #45 / 179
  • Number of attempts: 4
Align commas - 1040 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: 11
  • Position: #53 / 236
  • Number of attempts: 7
Line under headers - 1923 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #151 / 473
  • Number of attempts: 2
From A to B - 556 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #102 / 153
  • Number of attempts: 3
Collect List - 4184 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #555 / 1167
  • Number of attempts: 5
Space out the alphabet - 1595 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #186 / 434
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15749 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #544 / 4117
  • Number of attempts: 5
-a-b-c- - 3122 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #350 / 1113
  • Number of attempts: 3
Don't know what this is - 1951 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: 11
  • Position: #79 / 572
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10538 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1096 / 3638
  • Number of attempts: 2
attr_aligner - 3402 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #129 / 685
  • Number of attempts: 17
quotes inside quotes - 3030 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: #259 / 1045
  • Number of attempts: 5
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1551 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 4
replacing each line of a block selection - 2826 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #416 / 739
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4945 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #458 / 1708
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple text editing with Vim - 11662 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1515 / 3419
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6035 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #256 / 1487
  • Number of attempts: 3
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