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Played Challenges

RUST Cargo.toml version to last - 200 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #17 / 61
  • Number of attempts: 4
RUST match with enum for Coin - 135 entries

RUST match with enum for Coin rusty practice on vimgolf

  • Best score: 84
  • Best player score: 93
  • Position: #11 / 36
  • Number of attempts: 2
Modernise code - 708 entries

Modernise and clean up some C++ code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #8 / 162
  • Number of attempts: 3
swap number pairs - 1355 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #61 / 262
  • Number of attempts: 3
HS Final exam vimgolf - 597 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: #36 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 9
Rural Post - 3886 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #92 / 962
  • Number of attempts: 6
Satisfy the go linter - 1809 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 / 362
  • Number of attempts: 6
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 655 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #114 / 210
  • Number of attempts: 2
xrandr outputs and dashes - 587 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: #141 / 191
  • Number of attempts: 1
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 677 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: #59 / 151
  • Number of attempts: 8
Yo To Hello - 996 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #387 / 460
  • Number of attempts: 2
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 968 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: #129 / 198
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32803 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 / 7246
  • Number of attempts: 6
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 811 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #154 / 232
  • Number of attempts: 1
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5850 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #915 / 1439
  • Number of attempts: 6
One number per line - 18318 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #798 / 3774
  • Number of attempts: 6
Quote modules - 1003 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #72 / 255
  • Number of attempts: 9
Aliases for cd - 791 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 / 144
  • Number of attempts: 19
Swap values inside brackets - 2423 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #203 / 558
  • Number of attempts: 5
Unsemantic linewrapping - 822 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: #136 / 206
  • Number of attempts: 4
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2720 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #460 / 809
  • Number of attempts: 1
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1098 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: #102 / 228
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 10480 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1639 / 2972
  • Number of attempts: 3
Bad Copy Syntax - 1912 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #19 / 488
  • Number of attempts: 5
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3442 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #812 / 1115
  • Number of attempts: 2
Com(m)a Trouble - 3336 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #296 / 750
  • Number of attempts: 8
Box it - 7667 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #780 / 1831
  • Number of attempts: 4
Just the middle - 11102 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #3118 / 4100
  • Number of attempts: 1
ninja substitution - 1278 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #119 / 245
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 7491 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #819 / 2030
  • Number of attempts: 3
One to Ten - 2078 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: #367 / 637
  • Number of attempts: 3
Line under headers - 1905 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #39 / 468
  • Number of attempts: 8
Reorder the groups - 1102 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #113 / 250
  • Number of attempts: 4
I forgot quotes - 15702 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #1099 / 4104
  • Number of attempts: 6
Vim tetris - 347 entries

Vim can play tetris too!

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #78 / 98
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10522 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2458 / 3632
  • Number of attempts: 3
attr_aligner - 3378 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #460 / 680
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letter case trickery - 1535 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: #314 / 496
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 3017 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: #398 / 1041
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12703 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1818 / 3909
  • Number of attempts: 7
Simple text editing with Vim - 11522 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1183 / 3380
  • Number of attempts: 2
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