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Played Challenges

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: 22
  • Position: #1174 / 7241
  • Number of attempts: 10
Swap values - 4409 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #199 / 1235
  • Number of attempts: 6
One number per line - 18294 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #347 / 3770
  • Number of attempts: 9
V to the i - 4615 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #532 / 1846
  • Number of attempts: 7
Split line with dots - 2081 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #127 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 3
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3436 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #97 / 1113
  • Number of attempts: 2
Box it - 7657 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #64 / 1829
  • Number of attempts: 3
multiple cursor alternative - 1432 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: 22
  • Position: #219 / 367
  • Number of attempts: 5
From argument to object - 1256 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: #68 / 415
  • Number of attempts: 7
Every other line - 2790 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2 / 679
  • Number of attempts: 8
Array propagate - 290 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 90
  • Position: #101 / 102
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2467 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #170 / 675
  • Number of attempts: 3
comment and uncomment code inline - 976 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
  • Position: #80 / 291
  • Number of attempts: 5
Flip the bit - 102 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #12 / 62
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 11086 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2532 / 4093
  • Number of attempts: 5
Learn some german verbs - 491 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #93 / 122
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 225 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #6 / 123
  • Number of attempts: 5
Stairstep digits - 238 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #34 / 113
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5408 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 66
  • Position: #1221 / 1221
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple addition - 288 entries

The right side of the equation is already there. We just need the left one now.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #37 / 105
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 791 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
  • Position: #100 / 269
  • Number of attempts: 5
Vice versa - 7448 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #329 / 2019
  • Number of attempts: 8
comments galore - 956 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #239 / 406
  • Number of attempts: 7
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: #20 / 634
  • Number of attempts: 3
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 595 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: 16
  • Position: #131 / 190
  • Number of attempts: 3
Increment each number - 946 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #62 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: #65 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 4155 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #343 / 1161
  • Number of attempts: 5
Space out the alphabet - 1551 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #80 / 425
  • Number of attempts: 7
I forgot quotes - 15666 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #829 / 4098
  • Number of attempts: 8
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1089 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #65 / 288
  • Number of attempts: 12
Don't know what this is - 1923 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: #90 / 565
  • Number of attempts: 6
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10513 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1211 / 3629
  • Number of attempts: 5
Letter case trickery - 1524 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: 9
  • Position: #16 / 494
  • Number of attempts: 6
quotes inside quotes - 2998 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: #283 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 8
Words in parens - 12690 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #831 / 3906
  • Number of attempts: 3
replacing each line of a block selection - 2751 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #601 / 726
  • Number of attempts: 1
Switch function arguments - 1946 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #390 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4868 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #902 / 1691
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 787 entries

convert an ugly spreadsheet copy/paste into a CSV format.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #6 / 168
  • Number of attempts: 18
Generate English Alphabets - 427 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #6 / 190
  • Number of attempts: 9
The Cake is a Lie - 1178 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #239 / 481
  • Number of attempts: 4
Fix the Haiku - 251 entries

Change this slightly scrambled haiku to its unscrambled form and fix the capitalisation and punctuation along the way.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 47
  • Position: #85 / 102
  • 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: 16
  • Position: #2067 / 3357
  • Number of attempts: 1
Dominic Z
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