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Played Challenges

swap number pairs - 1254 entries

Swap the numbers in a bunch of 2-element arrays.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #151 / 237
  • Number of attempts: 9
HS Final exam vimgolf - 569 entries

Change the initial file to a single line containing all names comma-separated with numbers inside parentheses.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #128 / 153
  • Number of attempts: 3
Rural Post - 3795 entries

Simple challenge to remove all but the post code on each line

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #512 / 938
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: 26
  • Position: #3512 / 7241
  • Number of attempts: 5
One number per line - 18294 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #2645 / 3770
  • Number of attempts: 2
vim = 22 / 7 - 415 entries

pi square vim

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #115 / 127
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values inside brackets - 2417 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #348 / 557
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add semicolons - 10467 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1203 / 2966
  • Number of attempts: 2
Box it - 7657 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #118 / 1829
  • Number of attempts: 5
Extract argument from function - 2194 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #663 / 723
  • Number of attempts: 1
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 459 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/9fvsro/what_is_the_most_efficient_way_to_go_about/

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #96 / 114
  • Number of attempts: 1
ninja substitution - 1261 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #199 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 4
Cartesian product - 206 entries

{1,2,3,4,5} X {1,2,3,4,5}

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 104
  • Position: #83 / 86
  • Number of attempts: 1
VimGolfNight - 482 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #285 / 322
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15666 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #2931 / 4098
  • Number of attempts: 1
Where should I put the Newline? - 832 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #394 / 416
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shuffle puzzle - 302 entries

Sort the lines in each indent group, and sort the groups. That's the pattern. Or just move lines around manually to get a better score.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #73 / 98
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 17
  • Position: #677 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 3
Recursive Cowsay - 58 entries

Convert 'cowsay' statement to recursive output

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 56
  • Position: #13 / 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12690 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #3631 / 3906
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 81
  • Position: #47 / 49
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2319 entries

transform a succession of one word lines to a an array of strings

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #476 / 706
  • Number of attempts: 5
Exchanging Quotes - 788 entries

Sometimes you need to exchange a choice of quotes in some code.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 56
  • Position: #214 / 217
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2751 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #662 / 726
  • Number of attempts: 3
Switch function arguments - 1946 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #615 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove noise from HTTP log - 653 entries

This piece of log (from the year 2000) contains some irrelevant data. We only want to see the HTTP method and resource.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #235 / 256
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 29
  • Position: #3075 / 3357
  • Number of attempts: 1

Contributed Challenges

Recursive Cowsay - 58 entries

Convert 'cowsay' statement to recursive output

swap number pairs - 1254 entries

Swap the numbers in a bunch of 2-element arrays.

Jan Wedekind
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Computer science PhD dabbling with programming languages, machine vision, and free software

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contributed 2 challenges