Welcome to the internet site heinpragt.com
Online since 1995
My name is Hein Pragt, I live in Veenendaal, a very nice town in the central part of Holland. I work as
a software engineer for the Dutch police with specialisation on web content management systems. This site
started as a simple homepage more than fourteen years ago and has grown to a very big website with a lot of information
on several subjects like people, culture, technique and photography, psychology and philosophy. On the Dutch version of
this site are all the articles I wrote the last 20 years. Just like most Dutch people I have a broad view and an open
mind. The Dutch version of this site already had about 13.2 miljoen (13209641) visitors and at this time has an average of 4000
visitors a day and 30000 pagevieuws. I still continue to write about everything that crosses my mind and all the
new things I explore and experience in my life.
More about myself.
I was born on March 5 1959 and raised in a little town called Bargercompas in the northeast part of Holland, near the
German border. Until the age of 18 years I used to live in this little town, then I quit school and became a
professional musician and moved to a two room apartment in the town of Emmen. When I turned 24 I decided to go back to school
and became a software engineer and I have worked as a software engineer ever since. However I never stopped playing music,
I have played in a lot of bands and played all kinds of music. Currently I only play at home on my guitars and digital piano.
I have been working as a software engineer in several countries like France (working for Philips), Great Brittan (London,
working for Psion), Norway and Finland (working for MTD). I have some friends outside of Holland and that's why I decided
to translate part of my website to English.
I got married at the age of 26 and was blessed with four sons, Robert, Rick, Rene and Raoul Pragt. Finaly in 2000 I
divorced and after a few years I settled again and married for the second time and divorced again 5 years
later. In this marriage my little daughter called Romy Pragt was born, who now has 7 older brothers and sisters. Because
a lot of our children have relations too the family is still growing, I really like a big family,
especially when I can cook a nice dinner for Christmas.
About this site!
This Internet site started in 1995 as a simple homepage with my CV and some information about my music and programming.
After a while I started to write about everything that crossed my mind and all the subjects that I like and so the website
grew to a lot of pages and also a lot of subjects. I think this site is like a window with a view on my life and my
personality. The last few years I wrote more than 25 megabyte of text, most is published on my own site, but a lot is
also used on other sites and magazines. My life motto is "I write so I exist!".
When I started this site there were almost no tools and the only programming language available was CGI Perl. I used
to write the HTML code in a plain text editor, but as the site grew this became inconvenient. After a few redesigns I
started to use dreamweaver that allowed me to use a site specific template. When the site grew even more I decided to
write my own content management system, first based on Perl and simple templating, nowadays the main code of the site
and all utilities are written in PHP. I don't have to worry about the layout and design because this is done by my
templating system, so I can concentrate more on the content of the site.
Most ignorance is vincible ignorance, we don't know because we don't want to know.!
Regards, Hein Pragt
Click here tot visit the Dutch version of my site.
A Scott Adams adventure interpreter, I started to play adventure games on my TRS-80 computer back in 1980 and I
played a lot of adventures of Adventure International. I even wrote my own adventure game in basic. I read an article written
by Scott Adams (the guy who created Adventure International) (www.msadams.com ) about his adventure interpreter. A lot
of years later I contacted Scott and we became friends. I ported the adventure interpreter to windows (Visual C++) and it
was published on a CD with all the old Adventure files. Today I play the adventure games like Myst and Riven
because I really like the atmosphere and the puzzles. But every now and then I look at the old adventures and
it brings back a lot of good memories.
Read more about the adventure interpreter I wrote on this page.
Reversi / Othello
Reversi, otherwise known as othello, is a great game in which two players of opposite color pieces take turns
taking pieces of the opposite color, trying to get the most. Like chess, it is analytical and takes a little time
to get good at ("a minute to learn...a lifetime to master!"). In reversi, two players take turns placing disks of
opposite colors (each disk has a black and a white side) on an 8 by 8 board. One places a disk adjacent to the
opponent's disk so that the opponent's disk or row of disks is directly in between that first player's disk and
another of the person's disks. The player then flips, or "flanks," the opponent's disks to match his or her color
and the two players take turns doing this until the board is full. If a player cannot move, he or she must
pass, and the player with the most disks at the end wins the game wins. I wrote a nice freeware version of the
game in Visual C++ and it plays a nice game. My oldest son Robert Pragt designed the layout of the game.
Read more about this game or download it on this page.
Last update: 12-09-2007