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Played Challenges

prepend * to every non-blank line - 5165 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Quote modules (ver.2) - 112 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add text at some column - 112 entries

Complete golang struct statement.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 2
Quote modules - 875 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 2
Aliases for cd - 674 entries

Create these beautiful aliases with as few strokes as possible. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 54
  • Number of attempts: 2
Refactor typescript arrow function type - 221 entries

Make arrow function type less verbose and easier to read

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 6
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 979 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: 29
  • Number of attempts: 3
Line under headers - 1731 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 1
calculations - 199 entries

Complete these (weird) calculations.

  • Best score: 38
  • Best player score: 62
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add string initializers to an enum - 699 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 2
Unsemantic linewrapping - 741 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
  • Number of attempts: 6
Song Transcription Oops - 197 entries

When transcribing vocal music to Canjo Tab you can start by finding the lowest note and assigning that to zero and working your way up from there. However, without fail, I tend to miscount the notes and when I am near done I find a lower note. I mark this with a "z". This means I have to increase all the previous ones by 1. just a sting of numbers :)

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 3
Bad Copy Syntax - 1800 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 2
change parenthesis - 221 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remove quotes after first field - 229 entries

Remove the quotes around each field except for the first field.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reorder the groups - 986 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 4
Add semicolons - 9637 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
html paragraph to table - 551 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 68
  • Number of attempts: 3
ninja substitution - 1123 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 3
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 661 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 3
Cool or not? - 703 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 3
Box it - 7280 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 1
Increment each number - 874 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 40
  • Number of attempts: 2
Build a six - 259 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 45
  • Number of attempts: 1
move titles next to url, in quotes - 411 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 4
One to Ten - 1948 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: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
Delete to the end of the current line - 692 entries

Delete to the end of the current line, but keep the character under the cursor.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Put the months in order - 817 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 49
  • Number of attempts: 2
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3288 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 568 entries

Change the middle part of the function name in multiple places, preferably using the next and dot commands.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 4
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2623 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 372 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/9fvsro/what_is_the_most_efficient_way_to_go_about/

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 3
convert yml into java pojo field - 784 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: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values inside brackets - 2339 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 2
Team names - 1718 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Array transposition - 2165 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 56
  • Number of attempts: 2
Missing Library and a Typo - 790 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: 19
  • Number of attempts: 4
From argument to object - 1232 entries

This task typifies those programmers endure while coding. This C-family pseudocode needs a function argument to be repurposed as an object call. Simply search and replace? Repeat a pattern of edits?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 5
comment and uncomment code inline - 950 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
  • Number of attempts: 5
Adam's challenge - 889 entries

Change both normal to bold and 4 by 2. Adam Wathan challenge this on twitter . He did it in 11 keystrokes on Sublime.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 7
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 767 entries

Get rid of the '%' symbols and shift the decimal place. This is the easier version - all the columns line up.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
Order and join - 813 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 7
Every other line - 2718 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Copy three lines - 2672 entries

If the site is up (by some miracle), make the text under every header identical.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 3
Split line with dots - 2050 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
Align commas - 967 entries

There are 15,000 aligning challenges on vimgolf.com, and they're all exactly the same. I hope this one is a little different.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 6
One number per line - 17714 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 2
Scrambled numbers - 764 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values - 4317 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
comments galore - 933 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 7234 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32086 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: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make HTML List - 930 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 51
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 4077 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 4
Space out the alphabet - 1490 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 10922 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15300 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 4
Basic renumbering - 5325 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 7
That hyphen - 2411 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 3008 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
V to the i - 4526 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 2
Don't know what this is - 1884 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Extract argument from function - 2146 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10419 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 4
attr_aligner - 3295 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
Letter case trickery - 1486 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: 10
  • Number of attempts: 4
quotes inside quotes - 2973 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: 14
  • Number of attempts: 6
Words in parens - 12477 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1423 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 8
Vertical Limit - 2268 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 5
Switch function arguments - 1905 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
replacing each line of a block selection - 2706 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 5
switch variable - 4806 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make it more readable - 1821 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 6
Numbering a List - 1768 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4482 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple text editing with Vim - 11242 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5752 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 3
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