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Spawned a new process ;)

Well, I wanted to have the geekiest synonym for “We just had a baby” as the title for this post (similar to my wedding card). Since I am currently typing this from a hospital, sleep-deprived, while constantly sifting my attention between my recovering wife and my new born child, this is the best I came up with πŸ˜‰

In the last 24 hours, I have experienced extreme cases of all the 8 emotions specified in Robert Plutchik’s theory, but in spite of it this had been the best 24 hours in my entire life so far πŸ™‚

So guys, join me in welcoming our son to this beautiful world. By the way, all credit for the creation of this new process goes to my wife who did all the real work πŸ˜‰

More details and pics coming soon, after (if) I catch up with some sleep πŸ™‚

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Dissecting my wedding program

A couple of people to whom I gave my wedding card, were not able to fully understand the program that I wrote in it and have asked me to explain it. Now that I have kind of settled a bit after my wedding, I thought of dissecting the program and explain it.

Code

Let’s have a look at the code one more time.

My marriage Invitation

You can also get the code from github.

Language

To start of the program was written in JavaScript. Whoever feels that JavaScript is not a *real* programming language, should first read these articles by Douglas Crockford.

Anonymous Function

The program starts with an anonymous function. This is not strictly needed by JavaScript syntax, but it is always considered a good practise to do and I generally do it in all JavaScript code that I write.

Object variables

Next, I create two instances of the Person object. This is similar to creating objects in any object oriented programming language.

Information about wedding

As you might have guessed, gettingMarried function is that one which prints the information about the marriage. I am passing a JSON object to the function as an argument with the required information.

Checking the responsibility

This is the main crux of the invitation. I am verifying the responsibility before the marriage and after the marriage.

If you look closely at the isResponsible function, you will note that it has a special condition, which will always return false for me, irrespective of my marital status. The hidden message is that, I will never change after marriage. It’s going to be month since I am married and I can say that I haven’t changed yet. Hoping that it continues for the rest of my life πŸ˜‰

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How I designed my wedding invitation

Well, as most of you know, I am getting married in a couple of weeks. One of the important things which I needed to do for my marriage was to print the wedding invitation card.

I am not that good at writing stuff that needs to be put on the invitation card, so instead I did what I do best. I wrote code πŸ˜‰ Yes both figuratively and literally πŸ™‚ Need proof? check the photographs.

My marriage Invitation

Code

After deciding that I wanted to write code, I had to decide the language. Initially I thought of writing an HTML document with tags. But somehow I was not convinced that HTML is a real programming language (okay, I am not here for a language war πŸ˜‰ ).

After giving some more thought on it, I decided to do it in JavaScript. It was also fitting that I do it in JavaScript, since I had been mostly a web developer through out my career.

After a few minutes I had the basic version. After a couple of revisions, I finally came up with this version.

Update: I have also posted an explanation of this code, if in case JavaScript is not your cup of tea.

Screenshot

After completing the program (which I nicknamed as the “program that changed my life”), I had to decide how to print it on the card. Navneet Nair, who works with me, suggested me to put a screenshot of my IDE with the code inside.

Even I liked the idea and that’s how I decided to take a screenshot of my IDE and have it printed as the card.

Vim/Vi

This was a pretty easy decision to make. I was typing the code in vim (macVim to be exact) and after trying out a couple of color schemes, I finally settled on the desert color scheme

Envelope

The next step was to design the envelope. I did a basic version in Photoshop, by picking up some quotes from the programmer Ryan Gosling meme and placing them in comic sans font πŸ™‚ I then asked Navneet if he would like to change anything. He looked at it and said that he would like to change everything πŸ˜‰ He then did a quick design in Illustrator with the quotes and it came out very well.

NFC

I wanted to increase the geeky quotient of my wedding invitation a little more and that’s when I thought of embedding NFC chips in the card.

I first heard about NFC in Google’s IO last year and first saw it in action at DroidCon organized by HasGeek a couple of months before. I got hold of the person who had a stall at DroidCon and bought NFC stickers from him. They were a little costly but added a lot of geekness to the invitation πŸ˜‰

I then used the NFC Tag Writer Android app, to write a url on these NFC chips. If you tap an NFC enabled phone on my invitation, it will automatically open up a url which has information about my marriage, address and map to the marriage hall etc.

QR code

After doing the NFC stuff, I realized that most may not have a NFC enabled phone. That’s when I remembered about QR codes and generated one.

If I had time, I could have loved to customize the QR code a bit, but I didn’t have much time, so settled with the default one. You can find it at the back of the envelope.

Printing

After designing both the card and the envelope, I worked with a person from a print shop called PrintWorks who helped me get it printed. They were very helpful and delivered stuff on time and I highly recommend them.

Files

All my design files including the JavaScript source file are available at github. Feel free to use them for your own wedding (if you are not married yet πŸ˜‰ )

Credits

There are couple of people who helped me to get this card designed and printed. A huge thanks to all of them.

  • Navneet Nair, who works with me at Yahoo.
  • Swamy from PrintWorks
  • Kiran from hasgeek

Ohh, btw don’t forget to be present for my wedding πŸ˜‰

Update:Β  The following are some of the words which people said after seeing my invitation πŸ™‚

  • Amazing..
  • The geeket card ever..
  • Collector’s piece..
  • I am gonna frame it ..

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