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$ gem install vimgolf
$ vimgolf setup
$ vimgolf put [challenge ID]

Played Challenges

One number per line - 18395 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #2615 / 3793
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 4641 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #1545 / 1857
  • Number of attempts: 3
multiple cursor alternative - 1447 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: #98 / 369
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4681 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #374 / 1550
  • Number of attempts: 3
That hyphen - 2507 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #493 / 684
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 11141 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #3822 / 4114
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 5444 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #962 / 1229
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 7537 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #834 / 2049
  • Number of attempts: 3
Separating firstname & lastname - 113 entries

Seperate named with equal tabs.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #38 / 53
  • Number of attempts: 1
Assign numbers to fields - 93 entries

You are given a list of space-separated strings. Add an increasing numeric prefix to each one.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #4 / 52
  • Number of attempts: 2
Space out the alphabet - 1595 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #334 / 434
  • Number of attempts: 4
Mute the second method of this script - 439 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #159 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 4
Sorting database text output - 206 entries

Sometimes it is nice to be able to quickly take column-formatted text output from the SQL command line and turn it into a list of useful data. In this case we want a unique, sorted list of the values from the second column combined into one comma-separated list. What is the fewest strokes you can do this in?

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #73 / 79
  • Number of attempts: 2
Pretty format for variable declarations - 144 entries

Project standards demand the equal signs must be aligned for better readability.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #43 / 55
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15749 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #2034 / 4117
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 3122 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #519 / 1113
  • Number of attempts: 2
Count both ways - 962 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #202 / 342
  • Number of attempts: 3
120 Degrees - 441 entries

Rotate that triangle.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #130 / 140
  • Number of attempts: 2
Gray area - 707 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #237 / 261
  • Number of attempts: 1
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1107 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #194 / 292
  • Number of attempts: 2
Don't know what this is - 1951 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: 16
  • Position: #469 / 572
  • Number of attempts: 1
Where should I put the Newline? - 845 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #332 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10538 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #1945 / 3638
  • Number of attempts: 2
quotes inside quotes - 3030 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: #832 / 1045
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2173 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 1
Word frequency alignment - 245 entries

You've got to align the second column, but the spacing is inconvenient and there are nasty tabs in the way. If you're a "real Vim ninja," this could be very quick indeed...

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #41 / 146
  • Number of attempts: 3
Enumerate words - 235 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #79 / 85
  • Number of attempts: 1
Transposition - 73 entries

Transpose the original lines in separate columns, one for each line.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 71
  • Position: #25 / 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1510 entries

Oh no, this line is longer than 80 chars... put each 'vim' on a new line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #356 / 424
  • Number of attempts: 2
Saving the hashes(#) - 1966 entries

The following file is copied from vimcasts.org(Its only for learning purpose,hope the site owner doesn't mind it), its probably the easiest of challenges.Our goal is to delete every line which doesn't contain a hash signs. The remaining hash signs with numbers are then sorted to get the final output.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #406 / 467
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2377 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #632 / 719
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2816 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #625 / 736
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 11657 entries

Make the pairs of lines match up by making each second line same as first

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #2978 / 3418
  • Number of attempts: 1
Dmitry Zudochkin
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Web developer (mostly ROR), transhumanist, misanthrope, big fan of Haskell and ReactJS

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