Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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Simple, Practical, and Common - 32752 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: 27
  • Position: #3751 / 7238
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values - 4401 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #694 / 1233
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 18269 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #1660 / 3766
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 4603 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1235 / 1841
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 2075 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #446 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 1
From argument to object - 1250 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: 18
  • Position: #160 / 412
  • Number of attempts: 4
That hyphen - 2464 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #507 / 674
  • Number of attempts: 2
comment and uncomment code inline - 974 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: 13
  • Position: #247 / 290
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 11080 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2410 / 4091
  • Number of attempts: 1
Adam's challenge - 905 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: 22
  • Position: #164 / 253
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remove hard line breaks - 43 entries

Text files with Hard breaks are not good for e-readers. We need remove all hard line breaks and have long lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #21 / 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
Square numbers - 81 entries

Boring math puzzle.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #26 / 34
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15647 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2508 / 4096
  • Number of attempts: 1
abcd > a b c d - 250 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #162 / 197
  • Number of attempts: 2
Checkerboard case pattern - 127 entries

All the squares are white. Make some of them black. But only the right ones.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #36 / 51
  • Number of attempts: 1
NATO phonetic alphabet - 450 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #89 / 169
  • Number of attempts: 3
Create a pandoc compatible table - 164 entries

In [this vimcast][1], a featured gist from Tim Pope shows how to quickly make a simple table structure. How fast can you convert it to pandoc's markdown style? [1]: http://vimcasts.org/episodes/aligning-text-with-tabular-vim/

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 56
  • Position: #39 / 49
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 373 entries

Someone has vandalized this text file and replaced the beginning character of one word in each line with a Big "X." Please remove the big X's, and fix each line to read "The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog."

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #158 / 175
  • Number of attempts: 1
A Simple One - 876 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: #452 / 585
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reverse Simple Deletion - 740 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #316 / 419
  • Number of attempts: 3
PEP8 Python Wrapping Comments and Code - 160 entries

According to PEP8, long flowy text and code should have different max line lengths. Code: 79 characters max Long flowy text: 72 characters max

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #49 / 59
  • Number of attempts: 2
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