Graduated with honors from TU Delft in 2007 studying Electrical Engineering and Media & Knowledge Engineering. Founded spriteCloud in 2009 and worked on test automation ever since, helping out small and large companies with their test automation strategy and infrastructure. Mark is also leading the development on Calliope.pro, an online platform for all your automated test results.

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(CI-CD) continuous integration and continuous deployment pipeline

Build great software faster! CI/CD is hot and is still gaining interest. Test Automation is obviously essential within any Continuous Integration setup in order to get test feedback often and fast. Within the test automation groups here at spriteCloud we have seen a lot of different setups. We have been integrating test automation into CI […]

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Getting started with test automation: Cucumber with Lapis Lazuli

This presentation will take you through the steps needed to set up a test automation project using Cucumber – a software tool that runs automated tests in the BBD style – in combination with Lapis Lazuli, a gem that provides Cucumber helper functions and scaffolding for easier web test automation suite development. To do this […]

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Successful test automation with Cucumber in the Cloud

How can you make Test Automation succeed? The biggest challenge to making a success out of test automation (TA) is maintainability. Maintainability of both your TA test suite as well as the TA infrastructure you are using is critical. I will explain both and describe how to get a successful TA setup on the API […]

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spriteCloud placed 41 in the NRC Carrière monitor research for best employers

spriteCloud participated in the “NRC Carièrre monitor 2016/2017” survey and placed 41. On 23 January 2017 the NRC Carrière Monitor published the results of their research at an event in Amsterdam. The evening included an inspiring presentation about Talent Management from industry-expert Prof. Lidewey van der Sluis. Consultancy.nl plublished the post top 50 employers of […]

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Web testing with Cucumber for ecommerce applications

Since starting spriteCloud we have been setting up test automation suites for our clients using the frameworks Cucumber and Selenium webdriver. We notice that more and more ecommerce companies also show interest in test automation and particularly this test setup. When we look at the functionality of ecommerce sites in general, we see that every […]

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spriteCloud in the top half of the EMEA Deloitte FAST 500

spriteCloud ranked in the top half of the EMEA Deloitte FAST 500. A ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in Europe, Middle East & Africa. Rankings are based on percentage revenue growth over four years. spriteCloud grew 456 percent during this period and reached place 222. spriteCloud’s CEO, Andy McDowell, credits this revenue […]

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FD Gazellen 2015 – SpriteCloud is FD gazellen again!

On the 10 of November 2015 the FD Gazellen Awards 2015 for Noord-Holland took place at the ABN AMRO Headquarters in Amsterdam. In total, 490 companies are selected as FD Gazelle 2015 and around 77 of these are small businesses located in Noord-Holland. We are very proud of the fact that spriteCloud is in the […]

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spriteCloud in the Deloitte Technology FAST50 of 2015

We are proud to announce that spriteCloud made it to the Deloitte Technology FAST50 list of 2015 in The Netherlands. On Friday 9th of October the Deloitte Technology Fast50 event will take place where the ranking of this top 50 will be published. Companies in the Fast50 list are judged based on their revenue growth […]

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The Cost of Compatibility

Yesterday at spriteCloud, we discussed how Safari is the new IE, meaning that of the major browsers, Safari seems to lag further and further behind in providing an up-to-date Web experience. Elsewhere, that article turned into a different discussion: does it even matter to end-users if there is one browser that needs to be supported […]

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Agile Testing @Munich Meetup

Last night, the Agile Testing @Munich meetup group gathered in rooms graciously provided by ConSol* Consulting & Solutions GmbH to hear about test automation frameworks. Yours truly contributed with a high level introduction to Cucumber, with some reference to our Lapis Lazuli extensions and spriteCloud Calliope.

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Cucumber Basics: Gherkin and Files

Introduction In last week’s post, we provided a complete setup guide for cucumber and related packages on Windows. This week, we’re going to cover the basics of cucumber. You’ll learn about what each file in a test suite means, and you will write test scenarios in Gherkin structured English.

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Announcing spriteCloud Calliope

We’re excited to announce the release of our test automation product spriteCloud Calliope! spriteCloud Calliope is the culmination of our years of experience with helping our customers integrate test automation into their development process. When we provide automated testing services, we typically use cucumber with our own LapisLazuli extensions. Between them, these tools tackle the […]

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Announcing LapisLazuli

We’re thrilled to announce the public release of LapisLazuli. The Open Source project is the fruit of our years of experience with automated testing of web applications and APIs. When we provide automated testing, we use other Open Source tools like cucumber, Watir and Selenium. LapisLazuli adds functionality on top of those projects for test […]

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What’s in a Test?

Here at spriteCloud, we offer our testing services and expertise to our clients. In the day to day conversations with them, we don’t make a lot of distinctions between one type of testing and another, but this similarity in treatment belies the fact that there are fundamental differences in what some of our activities try […]

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Consistent Concurrency

In this part of the series, we want to explore how a single set of concurrency problems affects pretty much every programmer everywhere. Background Search the web, and you’ll find tons of people claiming — even in scientific publications — that multi-threaded programs are hard to write and debug. There are a few reasons for […]

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