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New Html5 Canvas Game and Workshop : Tech Crush!


Riding on the inconceivable success of Candy Crush, King Digital Entertainment pulled revenues over 3 Billion Dollars in 2013, with more daily players than the entire population of the US. The new Devstate workshop demystifies, dissects and recreates the game logic and teaches you how to render it in all browsers and devices using HTML5 Canvas.

The game is Version 1, so while it fits and works on newer smart phones (iPhone 5, Galaxy etc.) the icons/text is puny. We will improve this and the game in general in version2 shortly.

For more details, download the pdf from : Devstate Downloads Page or get in touch via info AT

Try out the game here :

Let us know what you think in the comments!

Next Stop : Beyond Tellerand Düsseldorf

Devstate Workshop at Beyond Tellerand WebGL and Html5 Canvas

Hot off the heels of our sold out FITC Workshop, DevState has been invited for another fine session at the famous Beyond Tellerrand conference in Düsseldorf taking place on 19th–21st May 2014!

Frank and Sakri will be taking their gloves off for another intensive full day introduction to Html5 Canvas and WebGL. Read the workshop details here.

The conference tickets are already sold out, however, as the homepage suggests, there may still be some seats available if you book a workshop (no promises from us though ;) ). Register for our workshop here.

Need more convincing? Have a look at our evaluation results from FITC :


We hope to see you there!

Announcing Devstate Workshops, first stop FITC Amsterdam!


Hi there!  
We are proud to announce Devstate – a collaboration of 3 seasoned creative coders:

Our new concept will be bringing over 40 years of combined experience in graphical coding to share with you, using the latest web technologies.

Be sure to check out our new website.

We are kicking off at the FITC conference in Amsterdam (February 23-25 2014) where we’ve rented an Air BNB house for the duration of the event, along with an international crew of coders. We’ll be posting plenty of pics on our Facebook page.

Frank and Sakri will start with a full day workshop – Finest Html5 Canvas and WebGL workshop. On Tuesday both will be giving individual talks :

Take a sneak peak at some of sakris Canvas Text Effect demos on codePen :

We look forward to meeting you, hearing from you, and planning workshops with you!

Welcome to the official DevState Blog!

DevState Home Screen Shot

Hi there, is nearly ready to launch.  The above preview is a screenshot of our homepage circa October 22 2013, you saw it here first!  In the next few days we still need to tweak the look and feel, along with fine tuning the demos and copy.

We are planning on giving a free set of workshops this November in Brussels Belgium, to test our key material before charging customers for our workshops.  Stay tuned if interested, we’ll be giving the dates and location in the next few weeks!

Just a quick anecdote about the beginnings of Devstate. In 2010 Sakri proposed DevState as a name to what was to be stackandheap. Turns out the latter was agreed to be more suited for a company delivering enterprise software.  Devstate was inspired by Run DMC’s “Devistating Mic Control”.

After working on large applications for the past 6 years, Sakri needed a change. Combining his interest in graphical programming, teaching, socializing and travelling, it was pretty much a no-brainer.  In September Sakri started to shoot the idea at close contacts and after encouraging feedback he decided to go for it.  At this time his friend Frank sent an email just wondering what was going on.  Sakri briefly explained the concept and within minutes Frank replied :

I kinda like your workshop idea, think that really could work out. Doing lotsa HTML5, Javascript for Psykosoft imo makes me kinda sensitive in that direction too. Let me know when you are aiming for Germany, we could do a workshop together and ‘rule’ da German market :)

Honestly – I think it´s a very good idea! (Would love to join some how… ;) )

And the rest as they say is history.  Within days Frank designed the logo.  We wanted something between a skateboard company and a U.S. style university logo. Since then we’ve worked on the site and set up our social media platforms. We’ve designed a group of demos with the aim of teaching Canvas and WebGL along with key programming concepts which have been indispensable to us in the past.

We’re both super excited about getting this show on the road so, keep the state devving :D