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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 32904 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: 32
  • Position: #5797 / 7270
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values - 4440 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #262 / 1241
  • Number of attempts: 11
Swap values inside brackets - 2431 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #477 / 560
  • Number of attempts: 5
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3454 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1034 / 1121
  • Number of attempts: 1
Com(m)a Trouble - 3376 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 48
  • Position: #730 / 760
  • Number of attempts: 1
Box it - 7680 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #454 / 1835
  • Number of attempts: 7
Cool or not? - 761 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #85 / 216
  • Number of attempts: 6
Extract argument from function - 2215 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #689 / 728
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4651 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #564 / 1541
  • Number of attempts: 5
Number Sort - 284 entries

sort the list of newline-separated numbers incrementally. Numbers are in the range 1 to 1000, with 500 missing

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #103 / 152
  • Number of attempts: 2
That hyphen - 2498 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #663 / 683
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 995 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: 10
  • Position: #186 / 296
  • Number of attempts: 7
Just the middle - 11136 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2780 / 4112
  • Number of attempts: 4
Make HTML List - 987 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 46
  • Position: #134 / 261
  • Number of attempts: 6
Todo list specification - 365 entries

The every item on the todo list must be done today. Modify the list to reflect that.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #163 / 168
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5430 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #471 / 1227
  • Number of attempts: 8
Simple addition - 293 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #102 / 108
  • Number of attempts: 1
Adam's challenge - 916 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: 19
  • Position: #114 / 257
  • Number of attempts: 10
Create a table - 302 entries

Convert the given input into a formatted table

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #97 / 98
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7520 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #449 / 2043
  • Number of attempts: 11
Paragraph sort - 414 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #66 / 120
  • Number of attempts: 7
Angular naming conventions - 280 entries

In angular, a directive name follows the camelCase convention. When the directive is used in an HTML template, the words are instead separated by a dash. Go from to the other the fastest!

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #105 / 109
  • Number of attempts: 1
Align commas - 1040 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: #79 / 236
  • Number of attempts: 13
Hello ${world} - 293 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #66 / 92
  • Number of attempts: 6
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: 55
  • Position: #135 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 2
Collect List - 4178 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #589 / 1166
  • Number of attempts: 7
Space out the alphabet - 1590 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #357 / 433
  • Number of attempts: 2
Condensed Cases - 752 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: #56 / 230
  • Number of attempts: 11
I forgot quotes - 15728 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #3459 / 4114
  • Number of attempts: 2
120 Degrees - 441 entries

Rotate that triangle.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #47 / 140
  • Number of attempts: 12
Gray area - 698 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #111 / 259
  • Number of attempts: 6
Don't know what this is - 1948 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: 12
  • Position: #218 / 571
  • Number of attempts: 10
Mess in revision history - 1143 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #191 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 6
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10533 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2344 / 3637
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letter case trickery - 1547 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: 18
  • Position: #466 / 498
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1694 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 7
Minimalist Limerick - 503 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #29 / 167
  • Number of attempts: 10
Resort and deup a CSV list - 135 entries

I'm always adding items to a sorted list. There has to be a better way dedup and resort the lists. There are multiple lists with varying lengths to discourage manual sorting. Also Australia's animals are weird.

  • Best score: 44
  • Best player score: 70
  • Position: #31 / 37
  • Number of attempts: 4
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 1005 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #120 / 418
  • Number of attempts: 9
replacing each line of a block selection - 2791 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #110 / 732
  • Number of attempts: 10
Switch function arguments - 1982 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #163 / 627
  • Number of attempts: 7
Append semicolon after expressions - 942 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #231 / 385
  • Number of attempts: 3
Make it more readable - 1891 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #179 / 622
  • Number of attempts: 5
remove dupes from array - 1290 entries

given a random string that contains a ruby-esque array, make sure that there are no duplicate elements

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #115 / 325
  • Number of attempts: 5
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1157 entries

Rubyists talk about being cutting edge but how many are using 1.9 in production? Time to convert those verbose 1.8 hashes in to symbolic, succinct 1.9 beauties!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #92 / 382
  • Number of attempts: 5
A Simple One - 924 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: #502 / 612
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Cake is a Lie - 1203 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #248 / 488
  • Number of attempts: 4
Make Fancy Header - 963 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #305 / 326
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1350 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #265 / 521
  • Number of attempts: 4
Sort and add attributes - 1189 entries

Sort the states and add the attribute country to each record.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #218 / 483
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1151 entries

Get the sentence back in the proper order, remove duplicate lines, and then combine the separate lines into one.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #337 / 347
  • Number of attempts: 3
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