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Played Challenges

RUST Cargo.toml version to last - 245 entries

RUST Cargo.toml version to last. rusty practice on vimgolf

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #21 / 70
  • Number of attempts: 4
RUST match with enum for Coin - 147 entries

RUST match with enum for Coin rusty practice on vimgolf

  • Best score: 84
  • Best player score: 93
  • Position: #11 / 42
  • Number of attempts: 2
Modernise code - 935 entries

Modernise and clean up some C++ code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #8 / 210
  • Number of attempts: 3
swap number pairs - 1616 entries

Swap the numbers in a bunch of 2-element arrays.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #70 / 299
  • Number of attempts: 3
HS Final exam vimgolf - 711 entries

Change the initial file to a single line containing all names comma-separated with numbers inside parentheses.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #42 / 190
  • Number of attempts: 9
Rural Post - 4138 entries

Simple challenge to remove all but the post code on each line

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #92 / 1023
  • Number of attempts: 6
Satisfy the go linter - 2025 entries

You just came up with this briliant go vars package. But dang, you forgot to add comments to the exported variables. Can you add a comment over each variable with a TODO-placeholder?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #85 / 408
  • Number of attempts: 6
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 801 entries

You created an ansible playbook, but forgot to add quotes. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #136 / 252
  • Number of attempts: 2
xrandr outputs and dashes - 608 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: 13
  • Position: #146 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 1
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 707 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: 19
  • Position: #62 / 157
  • Number of attempts: 8
Yo To Hello - 1059 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #406 / 485
  • Number of attempts: 2
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 1046 entries

For each line replace a search pattern (in this case $) with numbers starting at 1 and then increasing by 1 for each replaced match. a$b$c$ -> a0b1c2

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #135 / 210
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32989 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: #2306 / 7283
  • Number of attempts: 6
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 840 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #159 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 1
prepend * to every non-blank line - 6037 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #940 / 1478
  • Number of attempts: 6
One number per line - 18434 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #810 / 3800
  • Number of attempts: 6
Quote modules - 1022 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #74 / 261
  • Number of attempts: 9
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: 31
  • Position: #26 / 146
  • Number of attempts: 19
Swap values inside brackets - 2440 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #205 / 563
  • Number of attempts: 5
Unsemantic linewrapping - 843 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: 10
  • Position: #139 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 4
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2765 entries

Remove identical text at the beginning of several lines and the closing parenthesis.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #469 / 819
  • Number of attempts: 1
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1123 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: #105 / 234
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 10711 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1659 / 3015
  • Number of attempts: 3
Bad Copy Syntax - 1948 entries

Copy should be from right to left, but sometimes you type it wrong.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #19 / 495
  • Number of attempts: 5
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3477 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #820 / 1126
  • Number of attempts: 2
Com(m)a Trouble - 3441 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #304 / 769
  • Number of attempts: 8
Box it - 7696 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #785 / 1838
  • Number of attempts: 4
Just the middle - 11263 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #3139 / 4135
  • Number of attempts: 1
ninja substitution - 1305 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #121 / 249
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 7588 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #828 / 2055
  • Number of attempts: 3
One to Ten - 2114 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: 13
  • Position: #373 / 646
  • Number of attempts: 3
Line under headers - 1931 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #40 / 475
  • Number of attempts: 8
Reorder the groups - 1119 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #117 / 254
  • Number of attempts: 4
I forgot quotes - 15766 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #1099 / 4118
  • Number of attempts: 6
Vim tetris - 351 entries

Vim can play tetris too!

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #80 / 100
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10557 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2466 / 3643
  • Number of attempts: 3
attr_aligner - 3402 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #463 / 685
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letter case trickery - 1558 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: 12
  • Position: #317 / 501
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 3051 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: 15
  • Position: #404 / 1050
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12769 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1829 / 3925
  • Number of attempts: 7
Simple text editing with Vim - 11711 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1197 / 3433
  • Number of attempts: 2
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