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vim = 22 / 7 - 424 entries

pi square vim

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #111 / 130
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 4645 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #20 / 1859
  • Number of attempts: 3
Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 601 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #303 / 360
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract argument from function - 2257 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #564 / 733
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4695 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #211 / 1556
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11263 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #101 / 4135
  • Number of attempts: 3
Make HTML List - 990 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 52
  • Position: #224 / 262
  • Number of attempts: 2
Todo list specification - 368 entries

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

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #115 / 169
  • Number of attempts: 3
Create Leading Zeros - 205 entries

Create leading zeros only for id columns. Please use generic approach!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 66
  • Position: #73 / 77
  • Number of attempts: 1
Create a table - 306 entries

Convert the given input into a formatted table

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #93 / 99
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hello ${world} - 293 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #68 / 92
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array transposition - 2312 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #205 / 431
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap assigned value - 566 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #227 / 237
  • Number of attempts: 2
VimGolfNight - 507 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #41 / 332
  • Number of attempts: 1
Merge blank lines and properly capitalize - 69 entries

Here you need complete 2 tasks: 1. Remove all unwanted continuous blank lines and leave only 1 blank line between paragraphs. 2. Properly capitalize the sentences.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 54
  • Position: #20 / 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Happy TvvO - 394 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #36 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 15769 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #15 / 4119
  • Number of attempts: 3
vim1001 - 274 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #46 / 106
  • Number of attempts: 2
Don't know what this is - 1959 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: 12
  • Position: #143 / 574
  • Number of attempts: 3
Write Setters and Getters for PHP - 86 entries

Just simple automation of writing Setters and Getters like Doctrine might use.

  • Best score: 102
  • Best player score: 262
  • Position: #32 / 32
  • Number of attempts: 1
Going underground.... - 315 entries

Simple reformatting: in this case changing from the format London underground supplies its customers with, to the format that Google Calendar likes...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #27 / 122
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10557 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #589 / 3643
  • Number of attempts: 3
Counting in binary - 442 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #77 / 110
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: 14
  • Position: #405 / 501
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 16
  • Position: #514 / 1050
  • Number of attempts: 2
Top X - 189 entries

The End File is the Top 10 Vimgolf Leaderboard at June 29, 2013. This is a second version, with a great contribution of @udioica. X is ten in Roman,a numeric system in ancient Rome

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #41 / 68
  • Number of attempts: 1
Number an outline - 246 entries

The indent and words are right, but the numbers are all wrong.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 57
  • Position: #42 / 74
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 12769 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1856 / 3925
  • Number of attempts: 2
Pairs of numbers - 346 entries

Line 1 represents x, line 2 y-data. Bring the corresponding pairs in the form "[x,y]\n"

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 44
  • Position: #98 / 130
  • Number of attempts: 1
Assign list - 166 entries

Assign list elements to matrix

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 60
  • Position: #52 / 58
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hole-in-one - 982 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: 24
  • Position: #267 / 299
  • Number of attempts: 2
Delete unwanted lines - 387 entries

Delete all lines which does not end in "o.."

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #92 / 220
  • Number of attempts: 1
Parsing with CSV: Unify lines and result. - 164 entries

col1;col2;col3;col4 A;1;4;5 A;3;4; A;1;4; # New output: col1;col2;col3;col4 A;1(2x);3;4(3x);5 any ideas?

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #62 / 72
  • Number of attempts: 2
Minimalist Limerick - 507 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #72 / 168
  • Number of attempts: 4
Enumerate words - 241 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #58 / 86
  • Number of attempts: 1
Prefixes and suffixes - 571 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #131 / 186
  • Number of attempts: 1
Dehamlizing - 177 entries

Change this piece of HAML code back into erb

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 53
  • Position: #59 / 68
  • Number of attempts: 1
The name of the game - 636 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #103 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 1
lamb had a little Mary - 569 entries

"Mary" and "lamb" are swapped. Unswap them. Fast as you can.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #110 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 1
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1522 entries

Oh no, this line is longer than 80 chars... put each 'vim' on a new line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #262 / 428
  • Number of attempts: 4
Cleanining up 80 column concatenated text - 185 entries

1. Put the whole query on one line, remove the concatenation operators 2. Remove the double spaces that appear a few times in the query 3. Use string-interpolated variable statementPid rather than the ugly concatenation

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 47
  • Position: #51 / 74
  • Number of attempts: 2
Saving the hashes(#) - 1973 entries

The following file is copied from vimcasts.org(Its only for learning purpose,hope the site owner doesn't mind it), its probably the easiest of challenges.Our goal is to delete every line which doesn't contain a hash signs. The remaining hash signs with numbers are then sorted to get the final output.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #315 / 468
  • Number of attempts: 3
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 1022 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #51 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 6
Vertical Limit - 2383 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #544 / 721
  • Number of attempts: 1
Exchanging Quotes - 800 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #149 / 220
  • Number of attempts: 2
replacing each line of a block selection - 2847 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #578 / 742
  • Number of attempts: 3
Switch function arguments - 1995 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #241 / 631
  • Number of attempts: 2
Append semicolon after expressions - 968 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #191 / 391
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove noise from HTTP log - 666 entries

This piece of log (from the year 2000) contains some irrelevant data. We only want to see the HTTP method and resource.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #84 / 263
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4963 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #148 / 1712
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make it more readable - 1915 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #436 / 628
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove dupes from array - 1308 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: 23
  • Position: #203 / 327
  • Number of attempts: 3
Numbering a List - 1834 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #504 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1177 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: 15
  • Position: #260 / 387
  • Number of attempts: 2
Shebangs for all - 1787 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: 18
  • Position: #351 / 470
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1234 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #161 / 497
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat most common surnames - 599 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #75 / 188
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remember FizzBuzz? - 596 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 61
  • Position: #103 / 167
  • Number of attempts: 3
Get rid of html tags - 348 entries

Want to read more about Vim's background? Then get rid of those html tags...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #80 / 209
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1364 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #122 / 525
  • Number of attempts: 6
Sort and add attributes - 1217 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #154 / 492
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add fold markers to a .c file - 499 entries

Fold markers can make it easier to navigate source code. Add them to this .c file.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 44
  • Position: #125 / 158
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1168 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: 21
  • Position: #180 / 350
  • Number of attempts: 3
Braces or Brackets? - 713 entries

Someone forgot whether to use braces or brackets and you have to clean up their code!

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 46
  • Position: #138 / 253
  • Number of attempts: 2
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 3041 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #284 / 672
  • Number of attempts: 6
Flodder-challenge - 928 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #79 / 274
  • Number of attempts: 5
Simple text editing with Vim - 11708 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1008 / 3431
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6070 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #330 / 1497
  • Number of attempts: 3
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