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Played Challenges

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: #564 / 7235
  • Number of attempts: 8
Swap values - 4390 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #394 / 1230
  • Number of attempts: 6
One number per line - 18240 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #1302 / 3760
  • Number of attempts: 12
V to the i - 4596 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #391 / 1837
  • Number of attempts: 3
Split line with dots - 2075 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #326 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 4
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3419 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #60 / 1108
  • Number of attempts: 7
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: #43 / 412
  • Number of attempts: 4
Every other line - 2773 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #93 / 676
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 19
  • Position: #352 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 13
  • Position: #167 / 721
  • Number of attempts: 4
Search and Replace 0 - 4534 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #456 / 1507
  • Number of attempts: 6
That hyphen - 2464 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #134 / 674
  • Number of attempts: 5
comment and uncomment code inline - 974 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: 10
  • Position: #163 / 290
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11074 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #698 / 4088
  • Number of attempts: 4
Make HTML List - 982 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #66 / 259
  • Number of attempts: 5
Un"finnish"ed Work - 104 entries

Replace å by a, ä by a and ö by o.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #14 / 54
  • Number of attempts: 3
Todo list specification - 350 entries

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

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #42 / 161
  • Number of attempts: 2
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 869 entries

A novice Python using prints Hello World! and a pro shows him different way. Using vim to get into pro style from novice, win the challenge.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #117 / 333
  • Number of attempts: 4
Missing Library and a Typo - 815 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: 16
  • Position: #49 / 200
  • Number of attempts: 5
JS notation to Immutable.js notation - 153 entries

Now Immutable.js made its way into many frontends. This challenge consists of a typical refactoring that many of us are facing now.

  • Best score: 35
  • Best player score: 46
  • Position: #48 / 57
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add to end of each line... kinda - 285 entries

Visual-block mode can be used to add something to the end of each line, even if they are of differing lengths. However, what if it's not quite at the end?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #80 / 153
  • Number of attempts: 5
Wrap text in quotes - 322 entries

All the blocks of text should be wrapped in quotation marks.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #81 / 110
  • Number of attempts: 1
underscore_to_camelCase - 145 entries

Pointy haired boss decided we need to switch to camelCase. Let's get this over with.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #25 / 73
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 7416 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #705 / 2011
  • Number of attempts: 6
Pretty multi-line bash - 210 entries

Bash line continuations are much prettier when they're column aligned.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #14 / 71
  • Number of attempts: 4
Free hyphen! - 142 entries

Just like "Inner hyphens", but I'm giving you a free hyphen to play with. Will your solution be any different?

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #63 / 78
  • Number of attempts: 1
Paragraph sort - 394 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #54 / 114
  • Number of attempts: 3
Sorting a glossary - 106 entries

Sort a glossary. Glossary head contains a header phrase ending with ':' and glossary body has multi line text indented with a tab.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #49 / 70
  • Number of attempts: 2
comments galore - 954 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #192 / 405
  • Number of attempts: 5
Mirrored text - 160 entries

backward and forward, and long enough to be challenging

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #46 / 67
  • Number of attempts: 2
lipsum lines - 245 entries

Convert a quoted block of text into strings in a list.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #52 / 87
  • Number of attempts: 1
Inner hyphens - 121 entries

Yet another hyphen challenge. Adding 5 hyphens to a file shouldn't be too hard.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #58 / 75
  • Number of attempts: 2
Angular naming conventions - 279 entries

In angular, a directive name follows the camelCase convention. When the directive is used in an HTML template, the words are instead separated by a dash. Go from to the other the fastest!

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #56 / 108
  • Number of attempts: 2
Replace and keep the case - 390 entries

Replace all instance of plugin and Plugin to device and Device.

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #36 / 109
  • Number of attempts: 7
Scrambled numbers - 769 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #93 / 178
  • Number of attempts: 9
Align commas - 1000 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: #39 / 231
  • Number of attempts: 7
Hello ${world} - 291 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #14 / 90
  • Number of attempts: 4
Generate a list of numbers - 269 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #82 / 127
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 16
  • Position: #125 / 188
  • 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: 53
  • Position: #129 / 154
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array transposition - 2234 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #54 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 8
Mirror Symmetry - 746 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #62 / 256
  • Number of attempts: 5
Swap assigned value - 525 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #83 / 226
  • Number of attempts: 5
From A to B - 533 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #24 / 149
  • Number of attempts: 5
Collect List - 4146 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #231 / 1159
  • Number of attempts: 6
VimGolfNight - 482 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #296 / 322
  • Number of attempts: 2
camel riding - 734 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #121 / 263
  • Number of attempts: 4
readability - 298 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #122 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 1
Space out the alphabet - 1542 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #59 / 421
  • Number of attempts: 8
Fix the XML - 934 entries

The challenge consists in having a valid xml from an incomplete source.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #159 / 273
  • Number of attempts: 2
Line 'em up! - 347 entries

It can be so hard to keep everything neatly lined-up. Somebody clearly hasn't bothered here. Tidy it up, please!

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #28 / 102
  • Number of attempts: 5
Mute the second method of this script - 429 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #112 / 228
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sorting database text output - 194 entries

Sometimes it is nice to be able to quickly take column-formatted text output from the SQL command line and turn it into a list of useful data. In this case we want a unique, sorted list of the values from the second column combined into one comma-separated list. What is the fewest strokes you can do this in?

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #61 / 75
  • Number of attempts: 1
Condensed Cases - 731 entries

Apple's new programming language, Swift, allows two style of case statements: 1) one Enum case on each line, or 2) multiple Enum cases on a single line. Convert the following from the first case (no pun intended) to the second type.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #185 / 225
  • Number of attempts: 1
Happy TvvO - 378 entries

Don’t forget the past, learn from it. Happy New Year.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #117 / 189
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15639 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #432 / 4095
  • Number of attempts: 6
learn vim in short time - 212 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #89 / 144
  • Number of attempts: 2
vim1001 - 253 entries

change number 1001 into a "vim1001 sequence". (My first challenge, hope it is not too bad... )

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #73 / 100
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 3077 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #170 / 1099
  • Number of attempts: 8
Count both ways - 932 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #108 / 333
  • Number of attempts: 4
NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 227 entries

Just testing.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #50 / 109
  • Number of attempts: 6
Lisp Condense - 414 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #145 / 147
  • Number of attempts: 1
120 Degrees - 399 entries

Rotate that triangle.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #86 / 135
  • Number of attempts: 1
Gray area - 674 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #91 / 252
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: 13
  • Position: #250 / 563
  • Number of attempts: 4
Two become one - 692 entries

We have two c arrays and want to make one two dimensional out of it. Can we do that?

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #154 / 200
  • Number of attempts: 1
Where should I put the Newline? - 830 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #177 / 415
  • Number of attempts: 3
Mess in revision history - 1117 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #199 / 239
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split the words - 346 entries

Add the spaces manually if you must, but if you use Vim's spell checking feature wisely, I think you'll save a LARGE number of strokes.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #79 / 104
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10507 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #999 / 3626
  • Number of attempts: 8
attr_aligner - 3347 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #423 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 3
Counting in binary - 405 entries

"a" represents 0; "A" represents 1. Start from zero and count to 15.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #59 / 105
  • Number of attempts: 4
Letter case trickery - 1515 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: 10
  • Position: #142 / 492
  • Number of attempts: 7
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: 14
  • Position: #240 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 6
Words in parens - 12678 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1512 / 3904
  • Number of attempts: 5
Hole-in-one - 963 entries

Lets take this golf thing literally.. Drive off the tee into the hole, and of course you don't strike the ball completely clean.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #84 / 294
  • Number of attempts: 5
Define to require - 118 entries

When JSHint is enabled, there's a rule that doesn't let you have more than 6 arguments in a function, so the moment you need to add a 7th argument, you need to do a refactoring.

  • Best score: 62
  • Best player score: 90
  • Position: #32 / 48
  • Number of attempts: 2
Prefixes and suffixes - 533 entries

Generate all prefixes of "vimchallenge", then all suffixes.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #85 / 175
  • Number of attempts: 2
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 356 entries

Someone has vandalized this text file and replaced the beginning character of one word in each line with a Big "X." Please remove the big X's, and fix each line to read "The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog."

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #74 / 173
  • Number of attempts: 3
The name of the game - 597 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #214 / 328
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: #80 / 411
  • Number of attempts: 3
Stairs Indenting - 387 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #118 / 176
  • Number of attempts: 1
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 979 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #97 / 407
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vertical Limit - 2300 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #220 / 701
  • Number of attempts: 6
replacing each line of a block selection - 2740 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #596 / 724
  • Number of attempts: 1
Switch function arguments - 1933 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #130 / 617
  • Number of attempts: 3
Append semicolon after expressions - 912 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #98 / 374
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reverse and double space - 433 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #96 / 179
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove semicolons after expressions - 511 entries

A follow-up for http://vimgolf.com/challenges/4fc9d767d3a0d4000100000e.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #88 / 225
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4863 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #871 / 1688
  • Number of attempts: 4
The meaning - 515 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #260 / 330
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make it more readable - 1852 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #455 / 611
  • Number of attempts: 2
Line Zipper - 403 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #177 / 197
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove dupes from array - 1260 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: 25
  • Position: #236 / 321
  • Number of attempts: 3
imports alignment (python) - 586 entries

Align as one import per line.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #116 / 181
  • Number of attempts: 6
Numbering a List - 1774 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #310 / 609
  • Number of attempts: 2
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1113 entries

Rubyists talk about being cutting edge but how many are using 1.9 in production? Time to convert those verbose 1.8 hashes in to symbolic, succinct 1.9 beauties!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #155 / 372
  • Number of attempts: 3
Assignment Alignment - 722 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #40 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 2
Shebangs for all - 1719 entries

We've all seen or used a shebang once or twice. Ditch the specific paths and leave just a dynamic Ruby and Python bath behind.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #210 / 458
  • Number of attempts: 8
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: #436 / 581
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reverse Simple Deletion - 739 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #314 / 418
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment, increment, increment.... - 531 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #291 / 357
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sorting paragraphs - 456 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #96 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hatsuyume - 368 entries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatsuyume

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #32 / 154
  • 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: #221 / 477
  • Number of attempts: 4
Context insensitive completion 0 - 461 entries

Buried in the lines you're not supposed to add is the line "Add this line!" Add that line to the top of the file.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #95 / 216
  • Number of attempts: 3
Context Insensitive completion 1 - 405 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #127 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make Fancy Header - 929 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #266 / 313
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat some Python - 547 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #33 / 217
  • Number of attempts: 6
Reformat most common surnames - 542 entries

Reformat copy-pasted table into a list of the most common surnames

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #60 / 171
  • Number of attempts: 8
Change the content of a string - 1272 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #250 / 494
  • Number of attempts: 4
Sort and add attributes - 1115 entries

Sort the states and add the attribute country to each record.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #298 / 458
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1045 entries

Get the sentence back in the proper order, remove duplicate lines, and then combine the separate lines into one.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #96 / 328
  • Number of attempts: 4
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2774 entries

Convert tabs to spaces, strip empty lines and trailing whitespace.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #427 / 632
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 17
  • Position: #2250 / 3337
  • Number of attempts: 6
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5804 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 44
  • Position: #994 / 1438
  • Number of attempts: 1
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