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Played Challenges

Rural Post - 3717 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #4 / 918
  • Number of attempts: 5
Yo To Hello - 883 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #1 / 414
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32746 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: #1164 / 7235
  • Number of attempts: 5
Swap values - 4390 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #208 / 1230
  • Number of attempts: 8
One number per line - 18240 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #354 / 3760
  • Number of attempts: 8
Separate the lines - 152 entries

Every other line is mixed up. Separate them into their original texts.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #43 / 82
  • Number of attempts: 1
Unsemantic linewrapping - 806 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: 9
  • Position: #12 / 201
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 4596 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #528 / 1837
  • Number of attempts: 4
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2699 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #83 / 803
  • Number of attempts: 5
Add semicolons - 10429 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #703 / 2954
  • Number of attempts: 5
multiple cursor alternative - 1413 entries

from: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/6w5pfa/crosspost_from_remacs_how_would_you_do_this_in_vim/

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #129 / 363
  • Number of attempts: 6
Every other line - 2773 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #205 / 676
  • Number of attempts: 6
Array propagate - 290 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #55 / 102
  • Number of attempts: 2
Extract argument from function - 2186 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #220 / 721
  • Number of attempts: 6
Search and Replace 0 - 4534 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #555 / 1507
  • Number of attempts: 4
Number Sort - 281 entries

sort the list of newline-separated numbers incrementally. Numbers are in the range 1 to 1000, with 500 missing

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #34 / 149
  • Number of attempts: 4
That hyphen - 2464 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #196 / 674
  • Number of attempts: 6
Just the middle - 11074 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1041 / 4088
  • Number of attempts: 7
Team names - 1754 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #49 / 564
  • Number of attempts: 6
Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 225 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #16 / 123
  • Number of attempts: 3
Back to the roots - 42 entries

Johnny has a file with more integers. He wants to change each number with its square root. Can you help him?

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #15 / 29
  • Number of attempts: 2
Missing Library and a Typo - 815 entries

I forgot to add a c library, please add it for me. Also I'm bad at typing so fix my typo too.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #14 / 200
  • Number of attempts: 7
Basic renumbering - 5393 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #88 / 1218
  • Number of attempts: 6
create arrows in a list - 74 entries

Add arrow at same distance

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #52 / 58
  • Number of attempts: 4
sort python functions and methods alphabetically - 14 entries

* sort functions in the python file alphabetically * sort functions within a Class alphabetically * sort Classes alphabetically

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #3 / 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Create a table - 285 entries

Convert the given input into a formatted table

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #32 / 94
  • Number of attempts: 7
Vice versa - 7414 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #339 / 2011
  • Number of attempts: 5
Build a six - 264 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #4 / 87
  • Number of attempts: 3
Put the months in order - 911 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #40 / 154
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array transposition - 2234 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #181 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 9
convert yml into java pojo field - 800 entries

How fast vim can create fields for java pojo i.e class declaration referring to a (simple) yml file

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #44 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple format (2) - 296 entries

try again!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #29 / 63
  • Number of attempts: 5
Collect List - 4146 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #340 / 1159
  • Number of attempts: 6
Space out the alphabet - 1542 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #90 / 421
  • Number of attempts: 7
I forgot quotes - 15639 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #662 / 4095
  • Number of attempts: 6
Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 205 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #9 / 93
  • Number of attempts: 4
Don't know what this is - 1913 entries

Replace contents of brackets with matching number of spaces. Don't ask what the format's supposed to be.

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #213 / 563
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10507 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1200 / 3626
  • Number of attempts: 3
quotes inside quotes - 2996 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: 3
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #308 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 4
ASCII-art Histogram - 269 entries

Create an ASCCI-art histogram for the given numbers. Make sure not to leave trailing whitespaces. Thanks to VimGolf I recently discovered a feature of Vim thAT blew my mind. I'm curious to see what real ninjas make of it ;-)

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 47
  • Position: #30 / 49
  • Number of attempts: 5
Vertical Limit - 2300 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #649 / 701
  • Number of attempts: 1
Generate English Alphabets - 427 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #13 / 190
  • Number of attempts: 3
Numbering a List - 1774 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #38 / 609
  • Number of attempts: 9
Simple text editing with Vim - 11354 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #505 / 3335
  • Number of attempts: 4
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