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An esoteric language inspired by vim and designed for code-golfing. Get started at the wiki, or you can try it in the online interpreter here. (Online interpreter provided by Dennis Mitchell)

V is really just a fancy way to call vim like it's a scripting language, with a bunch of settings and mappings preloaded. The main reason this language was invented was to fix my biggest complaints with using vim as a golfing language, rather than a text editor:

  • Input and output is obnoxious. In vim golf, you must enter the text into a file, open with file in vim with no loaded settings, and then manually type each keystroke to execute it. Output is to the buffer, not to STDIO

  • Settings that I come up with to save keystrokes do not count, since they only exist on my .vimrc

  • Certain idioms in vim golf take more keystrokes then they really need to. For example, global search and replace, recursive macros, turning settings on and off, etc.

  • And perhaps the biggest one of all, vim doesn't support mathematical operations very well.

V seeks to fix all of these problems.

If you would like to talk about V, whether it's to seek golfing advice in V, to become a contributor, or even just to learn about the language, feel free to either bring it up in the V chat room on PPCG, or to ping me in The Nineteenth Byte.

V is released under the same license as The Vim License.


A golfing language inspired by everybody's favorite text editor, vim.




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