Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 33073 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: #600 / 7295
  • Number of attempts: 4
One number per line - 18472 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #75 / 3807
  • Number of attempts: 6
Split line with dots - 2113 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #77 / 625
  • Number of attempts: 5
Every other line - 2850 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #84 / 690
  • Number of attempts: 3
Start coding format - 134 entries

I used to start coding with following format: int main(){ -(cursor here) }

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #41 / 65
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4730 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #459 / 1565
  • Number of attempts: 6
comment and uncomment code inline - 1033 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: 9
  • Position: #15 / 303
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11284 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #689 / 4140
  • Number of attempts: 2
Stairstep digits - 362 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #10 / 136
  • Number of attempts: 2
Turn a ninja to case-insensitive [Nn][Ii][Nn][Jj][Aa] regexp! - 53 entries

I bumped into this in a dailywtf code: http://pastebin.com/QApa5ycS I didn't want to translate a string whenever I wanted to be [Ss][Aa][Rr][Cc][Aa][Ss][Tt][Ii][Cc] on slack, so I figured a script (python, sed, whatever) would be helpful. Well, or a few vim keystroke!

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #6 / 32
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5484 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #35 / 1241
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple addition - 301 entries

The right side of the equation is already there. We just need the left one now.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #10 / 112
  • Number of attempts: 3
Nesting SASS - 257 entries

Move a block inside another block and indent it

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #10 / 91
  • Number of attempts: 3
underscore_to_camelCase - 154 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: #26 / 77
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 7614 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #203 / 2063
  • Number of attempts: 3
Double and switch - 37 entries

Aaaanother case switcher

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #3 / 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Pretty multi-line bash - 218 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #11 / 75
  • Number of attempts: 4
7th Birthday - 185 entries

We have a bunch of numbers written from 0 to 9 in the order present in the text input file. The task is to create 7 by replacing the numbers with dashes.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #2 / 72
  • Number of attempts: 3
Free hyphen! - 156 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: #67 / 84
  • Number of attempts: 1
Paragraph sort - 421 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #96 / 122
  • Number of attempts: 1
SQL to YAML - 45 entries

Should be easy with vim, or not?

  • Best score: 72
  • Best player score: 72
  • Position: #2 / 20
  • Number of attempts: 3
Order and join - 913 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #81 / 248
  • Number of attempts: 2
Paragraph breaks - 497 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #98 / 163
  • Number of attempts: 2
lipsum lines - 247 entries

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

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #13 / 89
  • Number of attempts: 7
Inner hyphens - 124 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 / 77
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change attribute to getter - 127 entries

Wrap attributes with a getter method.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #4 / 53
  • Number of attempts: 2
ascii-art diamond - 34 entries

Simple ascii-art diamond. The grid is 40x40.

  • Best score: 40
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #1 / 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
A grid of punctuation - 120 entries

Create a checkerboard of = and - in an 80×24 grid!

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #15 / 56
  • Number of attempts: 1
Generate a list of numbers - 280 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #24 / 134
  • Number of attempts: 1
ASCII Art - 82 entries

how good are you with simple regex?

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #22 / 52
  • Number of attempts: 2
No naked if allowed! - 25 entries

House style forbids naked condition statements, comments should start with a space character and be on their own line. Good luck!

  • Best score: 46
  • Best player score: 57
  • Position: #7 / 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
From A to B - 562 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #25 / 154
  • Number of attempts: 3
swap or reverse - 105 entries

Try to swap or reverse the line as needed.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #42 / 63
  • Number of attempts: 1
Conway sequence - 23 entries

Generate the the first fifteen numbers. See here for more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Look-and-say_sequence

  • Best score: 43
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #10 / 18
  • 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: #118 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15822 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #436 / 4129
  • Number of attempts: 3
Count both ways - 982 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #307 / 346
  • Number of attempts: 1
Gray area - 712 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #18 / 264
  • Number of attempts: 4
Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 223 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #75 / 98
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: #196 / 574
  • Number of attempts: 5
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10562 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1002 / 3646
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12786 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1539 / 3928
  • Number of attempts: 2
Enumerate words - 241 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #3 / 86
  • Number of attempts: 3
A Simple One - 968 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: #438 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1245 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #224 / 499
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove Accent off the Letter - 103 entries

Remove all the accent from extremely accented statements.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #1 / 48
  • Number of attempts: 8
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