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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 32803 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: #607 / 7246
  • Number of attempts: 8
Swap values - 4415 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #99 / 1236
  • Number of attempts: 8
One number per line - 18318 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #83 / 3774
  • Number of attempts: 7
V to the i - 4629 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #400 / 1852
  • Number of attempts: 3
Split line with dots - 2087 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #80 / 620
  • Number of attempts: 6
Copy three lines - 2778 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #18 / 621
  • Number of attempts: 5
Extract argument from function - 2207 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #169 / 726
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4608 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #461 / 1527
  • Number of attempts: 5
That hyphen - 2478 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #133 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 6
Just the middle - 11102 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #697 / 4100
  • Number of attempts: 4
Make HTML List - 985 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #2 / 260
  • Number of attempts: 10
Basic renumbering - 5419 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #36 / 1222
  • Number of attempts: 1
Wrap text in quotes - 328 entries

All the blocks of text should be wrapped in quotation marks.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #23 / 112
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7491 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #208 / 2030
  • Number of attempts: 4
Pretty multi-line bash - 212 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #15 / 72
  • Number of attempts: 4
C Reformatting - 680 entries

You may use Visual mode... or not. #uppercase

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #30 / 157
  • Number of attempts: 7
Paragraph sort - 404 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #16 / 116
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 33
  • Position: #10 / 40
  • Number of attempts: 6
comments galore - 967 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #196 / 409
  • Number of attempts: 2
Replace and keep the case - 390 entries

Replace all instance of plugin and Plugin to device and Device.

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #37 / 109
  • Number of attempts: 3
Scrambled numbers - 772 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #13 / 179
  • Number of attempts: 12
Alsa configuration - 481 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #37 / 123
  • Number of attempts: 9
Align commas - 1021 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: 11
  • Position: #41 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 7
A grid of punctuation - 112 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #17 / 52
  • Number of attempts: 2
Generate a list of numbers - 269 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #25 / 127
  • Number of attempts: 2
Mirror Symmetry - 753 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #64 / 258
  • Number of attempts: 8
From A to B - 542 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #27 / 151
  • Number of attempts: 9
Collect List - 4168 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #233 / 1163
  • Number of attempts: 7
camel riding - 741 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #54 / 265
  • Number of attempts: 6
Space out the alphabet - 1573 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #61 / 429
  • Number of attempts: 7
Fix the XML - 956 entries

The challenge consists in having a valid xml from an incomplete source.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #40 / 277
  • Number of attempts: 7
Condensed Cases - 737 entries

Apple's new programming language, Swift, allows two style of case statements: 1) one Enum case on each line, or 2) multiple Enum cases on a single line. Convert the following from the first case (no pun intended) to the second type.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #44 / 227
  • Number of attempts: 4
I forgot quotes - 15702 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #442 / 4104
  • Number of attempts: 5
-a-b-c- - 3103 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #175 / 1106
  • Number of attempts: 5
Count both ways - 936 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #38 / 335
  • Number of attempts: 8
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1091 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #50 / 289
  • Number of attempts: 12
Don't know what this is - 1935 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: 11
  • Position: #70 / 567
  • Number of attempts: 6
Where should I put the Newline? - 835 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #180 / 419
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10522 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1004 / 3632
  • Number of attempts: 6
attr_aligner - 3378 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #118 / 680
  • Number of attempts: 14
Letter case trickery - 1535 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
  • Position: #144 / 496
  • Number of attempts: 6
quotes inside quotes - 3017 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
  • Position: #243 / 1041
  • Number of attempts: 4
Words in parens - 12703 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #682 / 3909
  • Number of attempts: 3
Saving the hashes(#) - 1943 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: 20
  • Position: #40 / 464
  • Number of attempts: 8
Vertical Limit - 2352 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #48 / 711
  • Number of attempts: 8
replacing each line of a block selection - 2775 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #84 / 730
  • Number of attempts: 10
Switch function arguments - 1961 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #132 / 621
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4894 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #432 / 1696
  • Number of attempts: 5
Simple text editing with Vim - 11522 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1474 / 3380
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5908 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #147 / 1462
  • Number of attempts: 15
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