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 😉 Yes both figuratively and literally 🙂 Need proof? check the photographs.
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 😉 ).
After a few minutes I had the basic version. After a couple of revisions, I finally came up with this version.
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.
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
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 🙂 I then asked Navneet if he would like to change anything. He looked at it and said that he would like to change everything 😉 He then did a quick design in Illustrator with the quotes and it came out very well.
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 😉
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.
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.
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.
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 😉
Update: The following are some of the words which people said after seeing my invitation 🙂
- The geeket card ever..
- Collector’s piece..
- I am gonna frame it ..
great stuff it is!
I should have guessed you are upto something!!!
but great stuff dude…
Very interesting and expressive ..
Wish you a happy married life
You chose the right editor. Nothing looks better than a Vi when syntax is on.
Awesome job !
“whatever isResponsible() returns just go ahead and run getMarried()” ? Thats usually the case with most marriages. 🙂
I have posted an explanation of the program. Hope you can find the hidden meaning now 😉
neenga oru geeknu ellarukkum theriyum.. adhukku nu ippadiya??? heheh 😀 nice ones… that was a different wedding card 🙂
Congrats on getting hooked. I haven’t visited your page for a while due to some personal trauma and hiatus . But i am glad for you now since, you are starting a new phase of your life.
Thanks for the wishes dude. Hope things are fine with you.
Loved this post. Thanks for sharing your day!
This is very very cool Sudar. Good work.
Hey, nice to know that you like my card.
awesome !! great work 🙂 thank you !!!
Absolutely Amazing! you do some AMAZING work. Thanks for sharing with us.
Hi Sudar, I downloaded the bulk move plugin….I have been doing and loving my 2014 Theme called Lifejustiz® …I love it and make a ton on mistakes that take forever to correct…but, to me that is the driving force for learning how to fix them…I havent touched the bulk move yet, but after reviewing some of you website, I wonder if we might develop a friendship as to helping each other….could you take a look at Lifejustiz® and advise or write for me a simple loop to show categories, tags, posts whenever I want to generate a report needed to analyze the messed up nature I have created on my site…been doing this for about 4 years but am not a programmer or coder…Lisa Sabin a writer of Blogging for WordPress….says it is so simple… not for me…could you write me a sample php file I could make part of my 2014 WP Theme…jackg
p.s. I have made friends with several of Catholic Priests from India…let me know whereabouts your city is and I will talke to fr. Jose Issac about you…hope to hear soon…jackg
You can checkout the theme that I am using on this website from github. It is available here https://github.com/sudar/bright-light/ Specially the loop is available in this file https://github.com/sudar/bright-light/blob/master/single.php
Let me know if you have any more questions.