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16327 active golfers, 153257 entries, 326 challenges

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Simple, Practical, and Common - 6761 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.

Copy three lines - 85 entries

If the site is up (by some miracle), make the text under every header identical.

One number per line - 1171 entries

Just give me the numbers.

Split line with dots - 584 entries

This line is too long, split it.

Swap values - 1087 entries

Well, swap the values...

Just the middle - 4999 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

Vice versa - 2761 entries

Little role switching.

I forgot quotes - 4771 entries

Oops.

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 6872 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

Words in parens - 7642 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Collect List - 1792 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Align commas - 303 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.

Basic renumbering - 2504 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Simple text editing with Vim - 8228 entries

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

V to the i - 2298 entries

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

From A to B - 233 entries

Mirror and change this text block

Scrambled numbers - 289 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

comments galore - 576 entries

Basic comment reformatting

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 4845 entries

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

-a-b-c- - 1568 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

attr_aligner - 2170 entries

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

switch variable - 3389 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

That hyphen - 1298 entries

"vim vi improved"

quotes inside quotes - 2161 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 :)

Alsa configuration - 296 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

Extract argument from function - 1443 entries

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

Space out the alphabet - 827 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Make HTML List - 569 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

Search and Replace 0 - 3168 entries

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

Don't know what this is - 1110 entries

Replace contents of brackets with matching number of spaces. Don't ask what the format's supposed to be.

Fix the XML - 613 entries

The challenge consists in having a valid xml from an incomplete source.

Replace and keep the case - 262 entries

Replace all instance of plugin and Plugin to device and Device.

Mirror Symmetry - 465 entries

Add backslashes.

replacing each line of a block selection - 1977 entries

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

camel riding - 536 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

Count both ways - 708 entries

Right AND down.

Letter case trickery - 1124 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.

Vertical Limit - 1566 entries

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

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2142 entries

Convert tabs to spaces, strip empty lines and trailing whitespace.

underscore_to_camelCase - 106 entries

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

Saving the hashes(#) - 1273 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.

Switch function arguments - 1457 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Condensed Cases - 565 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.

Angular naming conventions - 221 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!

Do you demand a shrubbery? - 694 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

Where should I put the Newline? - 692 entries

Help me put the newline.

Mirrored text - 97 entries

backward and forward, and long enough to be challenging

Make it more readable - 1453 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

Mess in revision history - 733 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

lipsum lines - 192 entries

Convert a quoted block of text into strings in a list.

Hole-in-one - 871 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.

Gray area - 480 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1075 entries

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

Numbering a List - 1502 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

JS notation to Immutable.js notation - 113 entries

Now Immutable.js made its way into many frontends. This challenge consists of a typical refactoring that many of us are facing now.

Mute the second method of this script - 350 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

Free hyphen! - 75 entries

Just like "Inner hyphens", but I'm giving you a free hyphen to play with. Will your solution be any different?

Inner hyphens - 75 entries

Yet another hyphen challenge. Adding 5 hyphens to a file shouldn't be too hard.

Add to end of each line... kinda - 215 entries

Visual-block mode can be used to add something to the end of each line, even if they are of differing lengths. However, what if it's not quite at the end?

Shebangs for all - 1367 entries

We've all seen or used a shebang once or twice. Ditch the specific paths and leave just a dynamic Ruby and Python bath behind.

Two become one - 544 entries

We have two c arrays and want to make one two dimensional out of it. Can we do that?

FoodCritic023: Prefer conditional attributes - 121 entries

FoodCritic (www.foodcritic.io) is a lint tool for your Chef (learn.chef.io) cookbooks. FC023 indicates that you should prefer Chef guards over Ruby conditions. This challenge expects you to be able to fix this issue in a sample cookbook, given the FoodCritic output: ================================================================ FC023: Prefer conditional attributes: cookbooks/foo/recipes/default.rb:25 ================================================================ See http://www.foodcritic.io/#FC023 for more details about the changes being made.

Sorting a glossary - 72 entries

Sort a glossary. Glossary head contains a header phrase ending with ':' and glossary body has multi line text indented with a tab.

remove dupes from array - 991 entries

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

Line 'em up! - 225 entries

It can be so hard to keep everything neatly lined-up. Somebody clearly hasn't bothered here. Tidy it up, please!

readability - 246 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

Let's play some Ivmgolf - 739 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

Change the content of a string - 1113 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

Happy TvvO - 298 entries

Don’t forget the past, learn from it. Happy New Year.

ASCII box - 254 entries

Don't forget to fix typos!

The Cake is a Lie - 1011 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

Append semicolon after expressions - 721 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

Fun With The Diagonal - 51 entries

change the lowercase characters on the main diagonal to uppercase

Sort and add attributes - 967 entries

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

Logging with key - 230 entries

Sometimes it is better to log with meaningful key

Lisp Condense - 325 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

Ruby 1.9 hashes - 938 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!

ASCII Art - 48 entries

how good are you with simple regex?

Reconstruct the Sentence - 906 entries

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

Exchanging Quotes - 667 entries

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

120 Degrees - 296 entries

Rotate that triangle.

Shuffled numbers - 178 entries

Each number is paired with the number it should follow. That's enough information to put them in order.

Make Fancy Header - 805 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

Vim's not included features - 118 entries

Filter not included (-) features in a hypothetical installation of vim.

Flodder-challenge - 767 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

VimGolfNight - 392 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

A Simple One - 744 entries

Here is a very simple one - just to illustrate/introduce a vim feature that some people seem to miss...

The name of the game - 502 entries

End up with the name of the game.

Python Hello World! Reformatting - 727 entries

A novice Python using prints Hello World! and a pro shows him different way. Using vim to get into pro style from novice, win the challenge.

Shuffle puzzle - 263 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.

Restore order to the alphabet - 132 entries

The numbers are OK. The letters are wonky.

Vim tetris - 286 entries

Vim can play tetris too!

Remove noise from HTTP log - 502 entries

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

Swap assigned value - 430 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

Minimalist Limerick - 413 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 529 entries

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

lamb had a little Mary - 407 entries

"Mary" and "lamb" are swapped. Unswap them. Fast as you can.

Sorting database text output - 155 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?

Reverse Simple Deletion - 626 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

Prefixes and suffixes - 386 entries

Generate all prefixes of "vimchallenge", then all suffixes.

HTML to Haml - 605 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

Manual SQL - 73 entries

Change select and insert queries to simulate inserting a new record.

vim1001 - 195 entries

change number 1001 into a "vim1001 sequence". (My first challenge, hope it is not too bad... )

SQL to YAML - 26 entries

Should be easy with vim, or not?

The meaning - 457 entries

Numbers are fun!

Assignment Alignment - 596 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

Split the words - 294 entries

Add the spaces manually if you must, but if you use Vim's spell checking feature wisely, I think you'll save a LARGE number of strokes.

Braces or Brackets? - 598 entries

Someone forgot whether to use braces or brackets and you have to clean up their code!

vim = 22 / 7 - 359 entries

pi square vim

NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 194 entries

Just testing.

Counting in binary - 301 entries

"a" represents 0; "A" represents 1. Start from zero and count to 15.

Going underground.... - 264 entries

Simple reformatting: in this case changing from the format London underground supplies its customers with, to the format that Google Calendar likes...

Delete unwanted lines - 296 entries

Delete all lines which does not end in "o.."

Pairs of numbers - 293 entries

Line 1 represents x, line 2 y-data. Bring the corresponding pairs in the form "[x,y]\n"

imports alignment (python) - 517 entries

Align as one import per line.

Ruby 1.9 compat - 519 entries

Remember when Ruby supported `when <expr> :`? Well, it doesn't in 1.9, so let's make sure we use `then`, without ruining our lovely new hash syntax!

Remove semicolons after expressions - 378 entries

A follow-up for http://vimgolf.com/challenges/4fc9d767d3a0d4000100000e.

remove all lines in first part - 109 entries

From the second part, remove all lines in the first part. It can be useful when you have done something from a long list, you want to know what is not done yet!

Wget failed to download redirections - 134 entries

Output of a wget session, where 302 where not properly handled due to certificate problems, has been saved to a file. Keep the correct URLs to start again downloading.

Reverse and double space - 374 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

learn vim in short time - 150 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

Stairs Indenting - 323 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

Shift down - 146 entries

Number words are back.

Reverse characters in a line - 474 entries

You have everything you need, just not in the right order. Mastermind would give you 26 white pegs.

Remember FizzBuzz? - 470 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 167 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

Refactor static member invocation - 146 entries

Someone used a static method. Refactor the method into a static import while fixing the assertion.

Reformat most common surnames - 463 entries

Reformat copy-pasted table into a list of the most common surnames

NATO phonetic alphabet - 315 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

Reformat some Python - 457 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

Suffix sort - 151 entries

Sort from the end of the line, as if the letters in each line were reversed.

PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 387 entries

I recently needed to send an e-mail to our marketing department listing allowed merge tags for our MailChimp campaigns. The allowed merge tags were determined from a PHP array in one of our PHP classes. I transformed the PHP class to MailChimp's syntax and sent the e-mail. It was, however, a long, laborious process. I'm still fairly new to Vim and would love to see how an expert Vim user would tackle one of my own, real-world problems. Thanks and have fun!

A simple change - 294 entries

Just change the numbers in the most efficient way ...

Replacing some words - 365 entries

How fast could it be?

Interleave lines - 104 entries

This is some kind of « paste -d'\n' c b a ». There are many ways to achieve this.. just find the shortest!

increment by column in XML - 119 entries

modify an arbitrary "column" in an xml table by incrementing a an arbitrary placeholder string

Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 437 entries

You're replying to an email with silly long lines. Clean them up.

you're stuck on jQuery < 1.7 - 298 entries

replace calls to jQuery 1.7+'s `on` with calls to pre 1.7 `bind`

Assign numbers to fields - 64 entries

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

Reformat a C golf submission - 432 entries

Take this C golf submission (for the "tiny but standards-compliant Hello World program" category, naturally), and turn it into formatted C code.

Interweave two blocks of text - 399 entries

Suppose you've got data on a list of things from multiple sources. They're all in separate chunks, so how might you create a tabular output?

Add fold markers to a .c file - 425 entries

Fold markers can make it easier to navigate source code. Add them to this .c file.

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 288 entries

Someone has vandalized this text file and replaced the beginning character of one word in each line with a Big "X." Please remove the big X's, and fix each line to read "The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog."

Context insensitive completion 0 - 408 entries

Buried in the lines you're not supposed to add is the line "Add this line!" Add that line to the top of the file.

Increment, increment, increment.... - 397 entries

Vim likes macros

Sorting paragraphs - 397 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

Line Zipper - 365 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

Case preserving word replacement - 371 entries

Half way through my project, my people turned into dogs. Now I have to change everything in my source.

Pretty format for variable declarations - 114 entries

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

swap or reverse - 75 entries

Try to swap or reverse the line as needed.

Entries sort - 68 entries

It cames to my mind a weird idea : sorting parts of my .vimrc. Take few minutes to sort out this, it's easy !

Indentation - 378 entries

Indent each line according to the right number of spaces it needs.

Change name of a variable - 130 entries

Replace the name of the $variable with the fastest move possible. The challenge is having a command that allow you to easily change the variable name even if its indented.

Insert a Markdown link - 364 entries

Put a link in a markdown document, using the after-the-paragraph format.

Reverse and count - 363 entries

Someone typed things upside down and now a Vim ninja needs to reverse the lines and count how many there are.

Context Insensitive completion 1 - 359 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

Winning streak - 90 entries

Make the number on each line equal the consecutive L's or W's.

Create Leading Zeros - 174 entries

Create leading zeros only for id columns. Please use generic approach!

Subtraction - 122 entries

Solve the equations.

Generate English Alphabets - 342 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 205 entries

"Sort by popularity" is a good order to play the challenges. Not perfect, but you could do a lot worse. ;) Input is a sample copy-pasted from vimgolf.com. Some of the challenge names have digits that will get in your way, so read ":help :sort" for hints on sorting with a regex. When you're done, try your solution on the full list!

Rotating Philosophers Problem - 336 entries

Can you help the philosophers find a good place to sit before they get five forks and spaghetti?

abcd > a b c d - 218 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

Sudoku table - 47 entries

Make this simple sudoku table look nice and legible.

Hatsuyume - 336 entries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatsuyume

NBCU Weekly Challenge - #0 - 111 entries

One of our favorites lines here at NBCU! p.s. The first version of #0 was deleted due to me copy/pasting a HTML entity. Congrats to the one who figured that out, you are a true ninja warrior!

Sort entries based on date - 278 entries

Sort some entries in a Ledger-file based on date.

Readable Rubyhash - 210 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!

Create bison tokens - 30 entries

Create tokens for bison out of a known list of words

Number an outline - 178 entries

The indent and words are right, but the numbers are all wrong.

Test everything! - 88 entries

... and build the desired input data structure. Transform a list of values into a non-trivial format.

Enumerate words - 195 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

Reformat long lines - 298 entries

Rearrange this ruby method call to put each parameter on its own line. Could become a useful macro.

Table Reshuffle - 298 entries

Fix the column order in this table... also append the new 'username' column.

Word frequency alignment - 184 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...

Get rid of html tags - 291 entries

Want to read more about Vim's background? Then get rid of those html tags...

Change your calendar - 181 entries

Happy New Year!

Top X - 155 entries

The End File is the Top 10 Vimgolf Leaderboard at June 29, 2013. This is a second version, with a great contribution of @udioica. X is ten in Roman,a numeric system in ancient Rome

The holy-grail may help - 273 entries

Can you find it in less than 20 strokes, Arthur?

Rail fence transposition cipher - 63 entries

Solve a rail fence transposition cipher using vim. This ciphertext was created using two rails. Use vim to transpose the text and recover the original quote.

Alphabetize the directory - 239 entries

Put the contacts and their information in alphabetical order.

Python to Ruby - 183 entries

Convert this Python code to Ruby. NOTE: This program likely won't run.

Fill visual area - 64 entries

Just have fun!

Assign list - 145 entries

Assign list elements to matrix

Winding path - 81 entries

It's a maze, but the bad paths have been blocked off. Mark the correct path.

Refactoring useless Method away - 72 entries

Real-life challenge, convert a bunch of ifs to a switch statement

Parsing with CSV: Unify lines and result. - 157 entries

col1;col2;col3;col4 A;1;4;5 A;3;4; A;1;4; # New output: col1;col2;col3;col4 A;1(2x);3;4(3x);5 any ideas?

Deleting folded text - 255 entries

The text below contains three folds. Delete them (and the text inside them). For example: 123 456 /*{{{*/ 789 /*}}}*/ 012 Should become: 123 012 Also, add `aoeuaoeu` to make sure small solutions don't get flagged as cheating.

Separating firstname & lastname - 65 entries

Seperate named with equal tabs.

Lower cased and dashed strings - 35 entries

As I have to generate big fixtures files, I wanted to find a way to format input data the way described by start and end files. Especially the lower-cased-and-dashed ids Not so good to find a pure Vim way, that's why I submit this challenge ;)

Cleanining up 80 column concatenated text - 182 entries

1. Put the whole query on one line, remove the concatenation operators 2. Remove the double spaces that appear a few times in the query 3. Use string-interpolated variable statementPid rather than the ugly concatenation

Compile C - 246 entries

You might have to get clever to do this one.

Refactor arguments into object argument - 150 entries

A relatively common Javascript refactoring.

Land of the Lost - 57 entries

Enter the tabs below the lyrics

Block Fun 1 - 156 entries

Manipulate the columns to produce desired result.

expand a list comprehension (python) - 235 entries

Please show your way to convert a list comprehension in python to an ordinary for-loop expression!

Fix the Haiku - 234 entries

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

82 bottles of beer on the wall - 230 entries

Take them down. (sorry, only 82 bottles because the problem size is limited!)

Dehamlizing - 155 entries

Change this piece of HAML code back into erb

Prime Numbers - 221 entries

List the first 100 prime numbers.

Shuffle and Sort - 158 entries

The values where sorted incorrectly. Get them back to how they are supposed to be

Piphilology - 89 entries

Piphilology comprises the creation and use of mnemonic techniques to remember a span of digits of the mathematical constant π. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piphilology

Java Array2List - 208 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

Sort the cardinal numbers - 193 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

Write Setters and Getters for PHP - 86 entries

Just simple automation of writing Setters and Getters like Doctrine might use.

REDRUM - 129 entries

If you remember "The Shinning", the first time you saw the bloody word REDRUM you probably thinked "What the Hell is that?" Well, then you know that you need a little help from a looking-glass to make sense of it. Now it's time to use vim like a mirror to reveal the message.

Groups magic - 128 entries

Regexp or macros for string converting: (a) -> ___ (abc) -> ____ (abcd) -> ______ All in the '(' replace to _ multiply by char count + ()

constructor - 161 entries

coding a constructor for a simple class

Aligning function arguments to match a specific coding style - 145 entries

Most projects have specific coding style guidelines. In this case, the argument list must be broken into a new line for each argument, with the argument names right aligned, taking into account pointers.

Round Round - 197 entries

Round Round

PHP <--> Java class conversion Part 1 - 176 entries

Convert this tiny php class to adequate java one.

Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 196 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

Draw the Go board - 108 entries

which is a 19×19 lines board. Here we use ascii characters only for simplicity. See diff file to get a sense. (See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_(game))

Inconsistent real estate paste - 140 entries

Format a hand-typed real estate listing that uses inconsistent punctuation into four sections

It'ss tooo coold too typpe todaay - 190 entries

My hands are numb with cold. It's hard to type correctly.

O Christmas Tree - 86 entries

Design a macro that makes trees grow (or ASCII triangles, if that's too hard).

Circle in a square - 119 entries

Probably looks more like "Egg in a rectangle" in most fonts, but it's actually 23x23.

SFD-ROC: The Quick Brown Fox - 130 entries

Someone has vandalized our text (again). Please fix to read: The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog.

Recursively Palindrome - 183 entries

Note that there are 2^6-1 characters.

Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 188 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

formatted text to markdown - 170 entries

You're converting some posts from an old blog to markdown. The formatted text is far closer to the finished product than the html markup, so it seems like a good place to start. Word wrapping seems to be the main area for optimization.

Replace Parameter with Explicit Methods - 54 entries

Implementing the methods of a Java Interface

Multiplication table. - 169 entries

Create a multiplication table.

Comparing scores - 61 entries

If Alice and Bob both did the challenge, put their entries together in the top paragraph, so we can compare their scores more easily.

Tiny column alignment - 36 entries

Align using the four blocks, don't forget to lowercase and have fun!

Do you speak Spanish ? - 56 entries

Do you write often in Spanish? If so, use digraph to insert the inverse question mark.

Turn this csv list into queries - 180 entries

Transform each line of this csv file into a MySQL-ready INSERT query.

Define to require - 111 entries

When JSHint is enabled, there's a rule that doesn't let you have more than 6 arguments in a function, so the moment you need to add a 7th argument, you need to do a refactoring.

Convert pandoc unordered list to a numbered list - 128 entries

I know it's possible to use #. in pandoc to auto-generate numbered lists, but then it's not easy to tell how many items there are when reading it in Markdown. How fast can you make the switch?

Cartesian product - 178 entries

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

Create a pandoc compatible table - 131 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/

Complete the hex array data - 167 entries

Do not use external tools(e.g. tac, seq) [My interpretation of Rule #7]

Roman numerals - 57 entries

Use the substitutions on top to convert unary to Roman numerals.

Square numbers - 48 entries

Boring math puzzle.

Convert pasted text into Markdown - 7 entries

I often need to copy/paste text into Markdown files. The challenge here is to wrap the lines in a way that prefers breaks after periods, commas, or other logical demarcations. There should be no spaces at the beginning of a line.

Unwrap the text of an email message - 111 entries

Reverse of "Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters". gq and gw are great for wrapping paragraphs. But sometimes other programs choke on your wrapped lines. What's the best way to un-gq?

SFD-ROC: Tic-Tac-Toe - 116 entries

Tic-Tac-Toe You are 'X', and it is your turn. Stop 'O' from winning, and complete the game. Draw a diagonal line through your winning row of three X's.

Checkerboard case pattern - 105 entries

All the squares are white. Make some of them black. But only the right ones.

Almost encrypted - 161 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

Not enough Ps - 36 entries

Different type of code

HTML formatting: vertical alignment for readability - 59 entries

We did this a VimGolf challenge at work and now that we have finished I want to see if you guys can come up with something even better than we could. Our best solution was 44 keystrokes.

Changing URL path in CSS - 111 entries

What's the quickest way to swap out all the URLs in a CSS file? Is it wasted keystrokes using look-behinds and look-aheads? (I'm sorry for the delete/report--I made a mistake with the last one requiring an ugly search for graphic to replace with images. I just intended this to be a simple search and replace that might possibly generate some macros or normals solutions that are quicker)

Extract text from xml - 95 entries

Extract text from xml file (ignoring commented out elements) and create a one line regex.

PEP8 Python Wrapping Comments and Code - 146 entries

According to PEP8, long flowy text and code should have different max line lengths. Code: 79 characters max Long flowy text: 72 characters max

Solve the Sokoban - 144 entries

A wink for all Vimgolfers that play Nethack too.

C to VimDict - 38 entries

Convert a C data structure to a Vimscript dictionary.

CSV to JSON - 142 entries

A search for shortest vimissh way to convert CSV to JSON.

Calculate the table totals - 104 entries

Go ahead... commit the treachery of using vim as a spreadsheet.

Ninjas Leaderboard - 69 entries

The two lines in "Start file" has an obfuscated email address. Second line give an index (from 1 to 30) to the chars list of the first line, for example, the first char of email (n) is in position 25, second char (i) is in position 19 and s.o.

Printable ASCII characters - 89 entries

From a blank input, print all 95 printing ASCII characters one per line, from space to tilde.

Greek column realign - 35 entries

Oops one letter is missing! Shift down the second column to insert nu letter. Symbol can be entered using: <C-K>n*

SFD-ROC: Pipe Dreams - 93 entries

Move the pipes so they match the output.

paste indent correction - JS - 75 entries

You copy some javascript code from a website and paste it into vim, it does not look good!

Remove hard line breaks - 29 entries

Text files with Hard breaks are not good for e-readers. We need remove all hard line breaks and have long lines.

Overall Vimgolf Rank - 131 entries

Suppose you are trying to figure out what your overall rank is at Vimgolf(the sum of all the ranks you got), and as a Vim ninja you decided to use Vim to do the job. Your solution should work for every Vimgolf profile page(The actual input file for this challenge is my Vimgolf profile page). So, direct answer insertion is considered cheating.

Getters & Setters: Java - 129 entries

Boilerplate getters & setters - it's a tedious fact of life in Java, and probably the only thing that still pulls me back to an IDE. Perhaps someone knows a fast, pure vim way...

JSON string rotation - 35 entries

Right value strings are misplaced. Just rotate them! I'm too kind with you guys and didn't included "strings with \" in it"!

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 - 125 entries

Somebody's got this slightly muddled up. See how quickly you can fix it. (I made this to experiment with buffers. I'm not actually sure whether this is faster with buffers or without.)

It's a factor - 73 entries

Flaunt your macro prowess by factoring some numbers. Too hard? It takes less than 30 strokes, I promise.

Format the output - 91 entries

Sometimes your standard out is a little hard to read. Take this multilevel hash and make it human readable.

Happy New Year! - 122 entries

This is a simple new year's challenge.

Complete the hex array data (Part II) - 112 entries

Do not use external tools(e.g. tac, seq) [My interpretation of Rule #7]

Binary and Increment - 32 entries

Some numbers fun: not only increasing numbers but also increasing binary.

Word Blender - 118 entries

The insides of long words seem to have been run through the blender. Can you fix this famous tale, brave knight?

Letters are numbers - 117 entries

Letters and numbers are interchangeable. A lot of programming languages give you simple ways to convert individual letters to hex, binary and decimal but does Vim?

Execute immediate SQL - 72 entries

Sql string tranformation ...

Lookahead and Lookbehind - 62 entries

Look everywhere

Hanging Indent for Footnotes - 57 entries

Format this footnote (in kramdown syntax) so that it has hanging indent.

Sort with uniq OpenEmbedded package names - 26 entries

For each line take 4th dirname of path. For example: "alsa-utils", "gawk-3.1.5", ... But! But if previous result is "files", take 3rd dirname instead. For example: "mktemp", "mklibs" ... If version is present in package name (dash is the separator character), take it. For example: "apt-0.9.9.4" prevails over "apt". And finally, use sort -u to get unique names!

Maze path - 17 entries

Follow the given motions and mark your path with Xs. Attention: This maze is quite big (20x20), please set your terminal size to at least 82.

Chucking wood - 68 entries

An exercise in compressing repetitive text. For this challenge, any entry that uses keys outside the main row (such as arrow keys, Home, End, Delete, etc.) will be removed. (Esc is OK, though you should be using C-[ anyway.)

Five Pillars - 43 entries

Arrange all words in a table with 5 columns. The minimal space between words in columns is 2 spaces. Columns do have varying width.

Linear congruential generator - 103 entries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_congruential_generator

Merge blank lines and properly capitalize - 22 entries

Here you need complete 2 tasks: 1. Remove all unwanted continuous blank lines and leave only 1 blank line between paragraphs. 2. Properly capitalize the sentences.

Complete the circuit grid! - 72 entries

Continuing from the last challenge, add additional rows to the grid. Change each of the names from 'A1'...'A10' to 'B1'...'B10', 'C1'...'C10', etc, and for each new row add 0.7 to the X values in the (X Y) at the end of each line.

Transposition - 64 entries

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

SFD-ROC: ROT13 Phonics - 69 entries

A is for apple, b is for ball, etc... This familiar phonics poem has been rotated 13 characters. Make the letter match the word.

Make the circuit grid! - 71 entries

Copy this command for a circuit layout program to create 10 total smd commands. Increment the number in quotes to name each pad, and add 0.7 to each of the (X Y) coordinates at the end of each line.

Python: Lots of function arguments - 64 entries

The function definition is too long for one line. The modeline helps you with some typical Python indent settings.

SFD-ROC: ASCII Logo Border - 66 entries

Draw a border around this familiar logo ;)

Create an alphabet diamond - 67 entries

Here's a brain teaser to keep things interesting...

Carriage return - 40 entries

I have some raw data from terminal output which uses carriege return for formatting. Carriage return sets the pointer to the first character on the line, and subsequent characters will overwrite what was there before. The challange is to simulate the terminal behaviour in vim. I'm kind of unsure if I should have skipped lines 9 and 15, since there might be some interesting solutions which are not that generic. Happy Golfing!

PHP <--> Java class conversion Part 2 - 83 entries

Same class but reverse!

Before there was Farmville... - 89 entries

There was old MacDonald. For my toddler. The first Vim sing-a-long?

Remove Accent off the Letter - 89 entries

Remove all the accent from extremely accented statements.

Config Sections - 25 entries

Section me!

Flip the chessboard - 57 entries

White's turn is over. Flip the board to black's perspective. I added coordinates to frustrate you.

Forgot to follow the naming convention... - 11 entries

Rename everything like MY_VAR_SOMETHING to MyVarSomething.

Add links to an existing HTML table - 55 entries

Add these links at that top to the respective table cell. First link, first cell, etc.

Circle of Fifths with Sharps - 57 entries

Display a list of the Circle of Fifths with corresponding solfege syllables with sharps. Handling spaces may be tricky.

Sierpinski's Triangle - 57 entries

Build the famous fractal, Sierpinski's Triangle.

fib.c cleanup - 52 entries

cleanup the file

Recursive Cowsay - 41 entries

Convert 'cowsay' statement to recursive output

Simple Maths - 22 entries

Not much to say, discover by yourself!

Custom McCarthy sequence - 17 entries

Generate the first one hundred and twenty numbers (starting with n=1). See here for some inspiration: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthy_91_function

50 factorials mod 97 - 19 entries

List 1! to 50!, but give your answer mod 97.

Dumb to smart - 77 entries

Turn dumb quote to smart vim's way.

Harder than "abcd > a b c d" - 49 entries

Not as easy as the last challenge. This time, just one space between a and b, up to 25 spaces between y and z. (Removed some lines; diff was too long.)

Here, piggy, piggy... - 75 entries

Youay owknay atwhay otay oday...

Coordinates placeholder - 47 entries

Place coordinates instead of target search.

Chinese Multiplication Table - 45 entries

Print a Chinese multiplication table in Vim. In China, every kid is asked to memorize this table. And thanks to the mono-syllabism of Chinese characters, it is not that hard. Printing the multiplication table is also a good exercise for programming beginners. For-loop, escaped characters, etc... There should be some special ways to print it in Vim.

Convert regular pandoc footnotes to in-line notes - 51 entries

Pandoc extends markdown by allowing footnotes, which are usually represented with a footnote identifier followed later in the document by the footnote itself. But Pandoc also allows inline footnotes without identifiers. How many strokes does it take to convert regular footnotes to inline notes? (NB: I've had trouble figuring out whether text-width makes a difference to Vimgolf in comparing the input and output file. I finally tested this locally using the Vimgolf vimrc and did a "gq" on the entire buffer as the last step. Apologies if I'm making a newbie mistake. First time submitter.)

Permutations N=4 - 33 entries

Could use backtracking or other algorithm to generate sorted numbers. Second chance !

range(10) digit rotation - 18 entries

This is a data generator challenge or some kind of gift..

Across-Down Flip - 37 entries

Do this instead of the Sunday crossword.

Enharmonic Equivalents - 46 entries

Transform # and b to digraphs

Hail to Alekseï Pajitnov - 18 entries

Wanna play tetris? Don't panic, it's quite long but there's no piece rotation. Little advice: source the file, Luke!

Return the cow - 66 entries

This cow is too verbose. Give it a lesson.

un-C-escape string - 51 entries

Convert escape sequences to characters

Untangle my tail, please! - 33 entries

You know, this words were playing to chase their tails and Oops! What happened? Now we have a complete mess, their tails are totally tangled, can you please help them to untangle their tails?

Extended Customer 2 - 39 entries

Format the chars

Sort by sum of numbers in a line(?) - 42 entries

The lines with the biggest sums need to be at the top. The sums are on the right, which makes life hard. Maybe you can find a feature that will do all the work for you...

Under the cupola - 32 entries

Taking some liberty about the name and plot of the Stephen King's famous novel (and TV series) to make this challenge. Are you able to recreate graphically the key phrase of the story? (I think is gonna be hard!)

Presidential Sorting - 40 entries

Given a nice CSV formatted arrangement of the Presidents of the United States, we need to print out an alphabetical list in pretty columns. Prove that vim can conquer this basic Excel task!

XML to JSON - 38 entries

Convert this xml file into json.

Greek Letters - 38 entries

Starting with a list of Greek letters, create a cross-reference table showing all of the Greek alpha-beta. You'll likely need to use digraphs (:help digraphs). Note that while most digraphs can be entered with either character first, lowercase sigma has two digraphs -- s* AND *s! Good luck!

Sort by your own sum - 39 entries

Same numbers as last time, but you'll have to add them yourself.

Fibonacci Triangles - 36 entries

Triangles

Conway sequence - 13 entries

Generate the the first fifteen numbers. See here for more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Look-and-say_sequence

LaTeX to XML Math Delimiters - 35 entries

Vim is amazing when used to edit MediaWiki text, but typing "<math> . . . </math>" can be tiresome and frustrating if formulas are used often. LaTeX delimiters are so concise and even come in two flavors: "\( . . . \)" for inline math and "\[ . . . \]" for centered formulas. The goal is to perform the following conversions: "\( . . . \)" becomes "<math>. . .</math>" "\[ . . . \]" becomes "<center><math>. . .</math></center>"

No naked if allowed! - 5 entries

House style forbids naked condition statements, comments should start with a space character and be on their own line. Good luck!

Acute accents - 17 entries

Featuring all 17 lowercase letters with an acute accent digraph. Find a way to automate the digraphs.

maximun and minimun - 38 entries

Find the maximum and minimum of the rows.

199 Fibonacci Numbers - 33 entries

Generate 199 Fibonacci Numbers using, if you like, the function S(x,y), a vimscript to sum two big numbers in reverse order.

Change The Perspective - 27 entries

This is a go game recodes file(.sgf file, refer to http://www.red-bean.com/sgf/). It base on such a coordinate system: in vertical direction, is from top(farthest end) to bottom, mark as a,b,c,...,s(19*19 board); in horizontal direction, is from left to right, uses the same notations. For Example, the coordinate notation 'cq', is the position at the bottom-left corner(vertical coordinate first). The record is from one player's perspective. We need to change to another's, but we don't want to change coordinate system, let it keep top to bottom and left to right. so we have to change the coordinates, a <-> s, b <-> r,c <-> q, etc. the Position 'cq', as transformation, it will be 'qd'.

Refactor to Helpers - 42 entries

This Rails partial is almost all template escapes. Put it into a helper, and refactor each case to methods so we can build out the controls for each. (I've converted to tabs - fighting with Vimgolf's default config shouldn't be part of the challenge.)

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