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Simple, Practical, and Common - 32765 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: 23
  • Position: #2629 / 7241
  • Number of attempts: 12
Swap values - 4409 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #297 / 1235
  • Number of attempts: 8
One number per line - 18294 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #570 / 3770
  • Number of attempts: 13
Swap values inside brackets - 2417 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #58 / 557
  • Number of attempts: 8
Unsemantic linewrapping - 818 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: #49 / 204
  • Number of attempts: 10
V to the i - 4615 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1395 / 1846
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2710 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #389 / 806
  • Number of attempts: 6
Add string initializers to an enum - 726 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #29 / 218
  • Number of attempts: 11
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1084 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: 20
  • Position: #73 / 226
  • Number of attempts: 9
Add semicolons - 10467 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #2041 / 2966
  • Number of attempts: 2
Bad Copy Syntax - 1899 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #125 / 483
  • Number of attempts: 12
Split line with dots - 2081 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #549 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 2
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3432 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #316 / 1112
  • Number of attempts: 5
Com(m)a Trouble - 3307 entries

Someone was real stupid when placing his commas. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #426 / 746
  • Number of attempts: 5
Box it - 7657 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #674 / 1829
  • Number of attempts: 11
Cool or not? - 748 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #50 / 214
  • Number of attempts: 6
multiple cursor alternative - 1430 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: 19
  • Position: #77 / 366
  • Number of attempts: 10
From argument to object - 1254 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
  • Position: #125 / 414
  • Number of attempts: 10
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 706 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #41 / 165
  • Number of attempts: 8
Every other line - 2790 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #49 / 679
  • Number of attempts: 9
Copy three lines - 2766 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #146 / 620
  • Number of attempts: 8
Search and Replace 0 - 4583 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #624 / 1518
  • Number of attempts: 5
Just the middle - 11086 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2911 / 4093
  • Number of attempts: 4
Team names - 1763 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #301 / 566
  • Number of attempts: 3
Basic renumbering - 5408 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #198 / 1221
  • Number of attempts: 6
ninja substitution - 1261 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #52 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 14
Vice versa - 7448 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #505 / 2019
  • Number of attempts: 5
One to Ten - 2071 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
  • Position: #203 / 634
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 592 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: 14
  • Position: #50 / 189
  • Number of attempts: 6
Line under headers - 1869 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #122 / 463
  • Number of attempts: 5
Increment each number - 946 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #132 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 2
Delete to the end of the current line - 711 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #191 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 3
change parenthesis - 236 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #67 / 134
  • Number of attempts: 2
Put the months in order - 915 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #9 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 24
Reorder the groups - 1088 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #56 / 248
  • Number of attempts: 12
Array transposition - 2258 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #21 / 426
  • Number of attempts: 23
Collect List - 4155 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #453 / 1161
  • Number of attempts: 7
I forgot quotes - 15666 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #945 / 4098
  • Number of attempts: 14
-a-b-c- - 3081 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #272 / 1100
  • Number of attempts: 6
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10513 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1444 / 3629
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12690 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1023 / 3906
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4868 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #584 / 1691
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 11431 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #606 / 3357
  • Number of attempts: 4
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