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Simple, Practical, and Common - 32765 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: #151 / 7241
  • Number of attempts: 6
Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 545 entries

You're replying to an email with silly long lines. Clean them up.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #322 / 341
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4583 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #103 / 1518
  • Number of attempts: 4
Just the middle - 11086 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #56 / 4093
  • Number of attempts: 3
Interweave two blocks of text - 546 entries

Suppose you've got data on a list of things from multiple sources. They're all in separate chunks, so how might you create a tabular output?

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #60 / 197
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array of characters - 133 entries

We all copy paste things off the internet, but the syntax doesn't look right. Fix it as fast as possible.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #20 / 40
  • Number of attempts: 5
Cartesian product - 206 entries

{1,2,3,4,5} X {1,2,3,4,5}

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #51 / 86
  • Number of attempts: 3
increment by column in XML - 143 entries

modify an arbitrary "column" in an xml table by incrementing a an arbitrary placeholder string

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #10 / 51
  • Number of attempts: 3
range(10) digit rotation - 32 entries

This is a data generator challenge or some kind of gift..

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #2 / 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15666 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #54 / 4098
  • Number of attempts: 5
Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 209 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #13 / 94
  • Number of attempts: 3
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1089 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #11 / 288
  • Number of attempts: 5
Where should I put the Newline? - 832 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #6 / 416
  • Number of attempts: 4
Shuffle puzzle - 302 entries

Sort the lines in each indent group, and sort the groups. That's the pattern. Or just move lines around manually to get a better score.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #8 / 98
  • Number of attempts: 5
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10513 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #281 / 3629
  • Number of attempts: 5
Words in parens - 12690 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #3587 / 3906
  • Number of attempts: 2
Recursively Palindrome - 230 entries

Note that there are 2^6-1 characters.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #34 / 69
  • Number of attempts: 2
Exchanging Quotes - 788 entries

Sometimes you need to exchange a choice of quotes in some code.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 55
  • Position: #210 / 217
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2751 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #273 / 726
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4868 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #2 / 1691
  • Number of attempts: 2
The meaning - 517 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #2 / 332
  • Number of attempts: 1
Multiplication table. - 185 entries

Create a multiplication table.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 77
  • Position: #35 / 61
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make it more readable - 1860 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #107 / 613
  • Number of attempts: 3
Line Zipper - 413 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #89 / 199
  • Number of attempts: 2
PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 440 entries

I recently needed to send an e-mail to our marketing department listing allowed merge tags for our MailChimp campaigns. The allowed merge tags were determined from a PHP array in one of our PHP classes. I transformed the PHP class to MailChimp's syntax and sent the e-mail. It was, however, a long, laborious process. I'm still fairly new to Vim and would love to see how an expert Vim user would tackle one of my own, real-world problems. Thanks and have fun!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #75 / 137
  • Number of attempts: 3
Complete the hex array data - 188 entries

Do not use external tools(e.g. tac, seq) [My interpretation of Rule #7]

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #22 / 71
  • Number of attempts: 2
Case preserving word replacement - 413 entries

Half way through my project, my people turned into dogs. Now I have to change everything in my source.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #6 / 169
  • Number of attempts: 2
Complete the hex array data (Part II) - 129 entries

Do not use external tools(e.g. tac, seq) [My interpretation of Rule #7]

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #11 / 63
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort entries based on date - 315 entries

Sort some entries in a Ledger-file based on date.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #3 / 104
  • Number of attempts: 3
Refactor to Helpers - 45 entries

This Rails partial is almost all template escapes. Put it into a helper, and refactor each case to methods so we can build out the controls for each. (I've converted to tabs - fighting with Vimgolf's default config shouldn't be part of the challenge.)

  • Best score: 147
  • Best player score: 855
  • Position: #22 / 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
imports alignment (python) - 603 entries

Align as one import per line.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #165 / 183
  • Number of attempts: 1
Rotating Philosophers Problem - 373 entries

Can you help the philosophers find a good place to sit before they get five forks and spaghetti?

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #121 / 157
  • Number of attempts: 1
HTML to Haml - 778 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 49
  • Position: #156 / 193
  • Number of attempts: 1
expand a list comprehension (python) - 275 entries

Please show your way to convert a list comprehension in python to an ordinary for-loop expression!

  • Best score: 42
  • Best player score: 73
  • Position: #96 / 102
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat long lines - 320 entries

Rearrange this ruby method call to put each parameter on its own line. Could become a useful macro.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #3 / 125
  • Number of attempts: 4
Numbering a List - 1797 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #127 / 614
  • Number of attempts: 2
Java Array2List - 216 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

  • Best score: 67
  • Best player score: 84
  • Position: #20 / 81
  • Number of attempts: 4
The holy-grail may help - 304 entries

Can you find it in less than 20 strokes, Arthur?

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #73 / 190
  • Number of attempts: 2
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1123 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: 12
  • Position: #19 / 374
  • Number of attempts: 8
Assignment Alignment - 738 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #14 / 203
  • Number of attempts: 8
Shebangs for all - 1749 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: 12
  • Position: #89 / 462
  • Number of attempts: 8
A Simple One - 880 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: #176 / 589
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reverse and count - 403 entries

Someone typed things upside down and now a Vim ninja needs to reverse the lines and count how many there are.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #51 / 153
  • Number of attempts: 7
Reverse Simple Deletion - 740 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #174 / 419
  • Number of attempts: 3
Increment, increment, increment.... - 534 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #148 / 359
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1178 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #88 / 481
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #39 / 216
  • Number of attempts: 3
Compile C - 300 entries

You might have to get clever to do this one.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #34 / 116
  • Number of attempts: 1
Almost encrypted - 178 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #59 / 134
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make Fancy Header - 933 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #35 / 315
  • Number of attempts: 4
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2797 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #377 / 638
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 11431 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #2 / 3357
  • Number of attempts: 8
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5862 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #381 / 1448
  • Number of attempts: 8
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