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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: 23
  • Position: #2422 / 7241
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values - 4409 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #372 / 1235
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 18294 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #1014 / 3770
  • Number of attempts: 3
V to the i - 4615 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1131 / 1846
  • Number of attempts: 2
Split line with dots - 2081 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #68 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 5
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: 20
  • Position: #94 / 367
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 2790 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #286 / 679
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 15
  • Position: #201 / 620
  • 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: #17 / 291
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11086 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2112 / 4093
  • Number of attempts: 1
Stairstep digits - 238 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #59 / 113
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5408 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #423 / 1221
  • Number of attempts: 3
Adam's challenge - 906 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: 18
  • Position: #7 / 254
  • 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: #2 / 269
  • Number of attempts: 1
Combines all items - 265 entries

For each line that starts with the same number I want to combine its contents

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #8 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 2
Wrap text in quotes - 324 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #47 / 111
  • Number of attempts: 2
underscore_to_camelCase - 147 entries

Pointy haired boss decided we need to switch to camelCase. Let's get this over with.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #46 / 74
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7448 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #170 / 2019
  • Number of attempts: 2
Double and switch - 37 entries

Aaaanother case switcher

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #10 / 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Paragraph sort - 394 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #53 / 114
  • Number of attempts: 5
SQL to YAML - 34 entries

Should be easy with vim, or not?

  • Best score: 72
  • Best player score: 85
  • Position: #8 / 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sort files from hosts - 137 entries

Resume files by host. I hope you enjoy with this challenge

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #25 / 62
  • Number of attempts: 3
Order and join - 853 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #127 / 235
  • Number of attempts: 4
Paragraph breaks - 477 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #57 / 158
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: 41
  • Position: #25 / 40
  • Number of attempts: 2
comments galore - 956 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #154 / 406
  • Number of attempts: 1
Scrambled numbers - 769 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #3 / 178
  • Number of attempts: 5
Alsa configuration - 478 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #29 / 122
  • Number of attempts: 4
Align commas - 1010 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: 15
  • Position: #105 / 232
  • Number of attempts: 4
Hello ${world} - 291 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #35 / 90
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array transposition - 2258 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #57 / 426
  • Number of attempts: 7
From A to B - 533 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #15 / 149
  • Number of attempts: 4
Collect List - 4155 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #189 / 1161
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 15666 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #1253 / 4098
  • Number of attempts: 3
-a-b-c- - 3081 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #329 / 1100
  • Number of attempts: 5
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10513 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #937 / 3629
  • Number of attempts: 1
attr_aligner - 3350 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #112 / 678
  • Number of attempts: 7
Words in parens - 12690 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1496 / 3906
  • Number of attempts: 3
Hole-in-one - 963 entries

Lets take this golf thing literally.. Drive off the tee into the hole, and of course you don't strike the ball completely clean.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #81 / 294
  • Number of attempts: 7
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: 14
  • Position: #1440 / 3357
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5864 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #248 / 1449
  • Number of attempts: 10
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