The site heinpragt.com has been online for more than 23 years and it has grown to more than 300 theme pages and more than 2000 indexed pages and an average of 11000 page views every day. The site has three main topics: people, culture and technology and the site is meant to be a kind of online reference. The purpose of the site is to provide positive, friendly, reliable information to generate interest and inspiration. The main part of the site is in Dutch, the English part is much smaller. I have been a professional musician for 6 years when I was younger and I have played music (bands) for all of my life. For the last 35 years I have been a software developer / ICT engineer and in my private time I have written a lot of small applications and games, most of them freeware, that you can download from this site. I also like DIY projects and electronics, I design 3D parts, I have a 3D printer, I have a lot of small animals at home and I am a proud father of five children. Creativity and integrity is my lifestyle and this website is part of that. Regards, Hein Pragt.
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.(Albert Einstein)
PragtTextUtil is not an ordinary editor although the basic functions to edit text are present. The program is intended to perform operations on text such as converting to capital or lowercase letters or removing HTML tags and converting it to neat paragraphs. But there are also many Unix utilities such as WC, trim, uniq, sort, grep, head, tail and filtering in this program included but also complex editing such as a sorted word frequency overview. You can also use a log file for all rules filtering that contains a certain word or does not contain a specific word. Also a nice option is search and replace with the possibility to use CTRL characters in the search but also the replacement text. A very handy portable program when you are a developer or administrator or have to perform a lot of edits on texts. In the latest version 1.07 sorting is made ten times faster.
Download: pragttextutil-1.07.zip (Version 1.07 2018)
A guru advised his students to meditate three times a day. Most of his students watched him with some burdened ands most of their comments were almost identical: "I will try." The guru nodded wisely and while he walked back to his seat, he dropped the book he had under his arm and it fell to the floor. He turned around, bent over, reached for the book, but could not get it. Time after time he grabbed but could not get the book. His students looked at him in amazement. "You try to pick it up," he said to one of the students. The student walked to the book, bent over, picked up the book and handed it to his guru. The guru hit the book out of his hands, back to the ground and said: "I did not ask you to pick the book up, I only asked you to try".
I am proud of my little country, we are one of the most open-minded countries in the world, and we are a country of big inventions, creativity and personal development. The Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815 and is located in the West of Europe, bordering the North Sea. Our climate is marine, cool summers and mild winters. The Netherlands is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba in the Caribbean. The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy, located in Western Europe. It is bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east. The Netherlands is often called Holland. This is formally incorrect as North and South Holland in the western Netherlands are only two of the country's twelve provinces. For more on this and other naming issues see terminology of the Netherlands. The Netherlands is a geographically low-lying and densely populated country. It is popularly known for its traditional windmills, tulips, cheese, clogs (wooden shoes), delftware and gouda pottery, for its bicycles, its dikes and surge barriers, and, on the other hand, traditional values and civil virtues such as its classic social tolerance. But primarily, the Netherlands is a modern, advanced and open society. An old parliamentary democracy, the country is more recently known for its rather liberal policies toward recreational drugs, prostitution, abortion, and euthanasia. The Netherlands is also one of the most densely cabled countries in the world; its internet connection rate is 87.8%, the 2nd highest in the world. The Netherlands has an international outlook; among other affiliations the country is a founding member of the European Union (EU), NATO, the OECD, and has signed the Kyoto protocol. Along with Belgium and Luxembourg, the Netherlands is one of three member nations of the Benelux economic union. The country is host to five international(ised) courts: the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. All of these courts (except the Special Tribunal for Lebanon), as well as the EU's criminal intelligence agency (Europol), are situated in The Hague, which has led to the city being referred to as "the world's legal capital." The terrain is mostly coastal lowland and reclaimed land (polders). The population is about 16,067,754 (July 2002 EST.)
I was born in the small town Bargercompas in the southeast corner of Drenthe in the Netherlands. Bargercompas is located not far from away from the German border, near the town of Emmen. Until my eighteenth birthday I lived in this little town and I spent my complete childhood in Bargercompas. Barger-Compascuum is a small town in the Dutch municipality of Emmen in a peat-producing region of Drenthe near the German border. The village area of Barger-Compascuum consists of a combination of agricultural (peat reclamations in the past) and nature. The very nice nature includes not only the Berkenrode, but also the Oosterbos. The town is surrounded with large natural areas. The main attraction in the village is the National Veenpark museum where the history of the town and the peat reclamation is shown and told and the town like it was one century ago is rebuild. In the center of the village you can find the St. Joseph Catholic Church that was build in 1924, a Roman Catholic and a Protestant Christian school, sports fields, supermarket, a post office and several other shops and restaurants.
I currently live in the town Veenendaal an I would like to tell you something about the country and the city where I live in. I have provided some maps to give a better indication about the exact location. A famous question that someone from America will ask you is, "you are from Holland, I have a friend that lives there, maybe you know him?". Then I will explain that our country is very small, but about 16 million people live here, and I only know a few of them....(Smile!)
The city of Veenendaal is located in the center of the Netherlands near Utrecht. It has about 60,000 inhabitants, 2900 enterprises and 553 shops. Veenendaal is a very active town with numerous public facilities and its a very attractive town with separate residential and industrial areas. The cities of Arnhem and Utrecht are less than 30 kilometres away. Within a short distance of the town you can admire the beautiful scenery of woods, hills and the national park. Veenendaal is a municipality and a town in central Netherlands, it is part of the province of Utrecht. Veenendaal is the only population centre within its administrative borders. The municipality has 61,681 inhabitants and an area of 19,81 square kilometres, most of which is covered with built-up area. The original village was founded in the 16th century as a peat colony from which it got its name. 'Veenen' is the old (plural) Dutch word for peat and 'daal' for valley, so literally the name means 'peatvalley'. Until just after World War II, Veenendaal remained a small community with only a few thousand residents. In the last fifty years the town grew rapidly to the 60,000+ inhabitants of today. Until the second half of the 20th century, Veenendaal was divided into two parts, a 'Gelders' and an 'Utrechts' part ('Gelders' comes from Gelderland and 'Utrechts' from Utrecht, both Dutch provinces). This is because in the first few centuries of the town's existence it was too small to be its own municipality. The southern half eventually became independent from Rhenen and Renswoude in 1795. The northern half separated from Ede in 1960. In 1997 it was elected the greenest city of Europe and in 2004 of the Netherlands. In 2000 the town was elected best bicycle city of the Netherlands.