Mark Barzilay

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.

Complex Workflows with Cucumber

Complex workflows with Cucumber - some tips

Our favourite test automation software in the world still remains Cucumber, but like all software, it has its limitations. In particular, at first glance it is pretty difficult to express workflows in Cucumber that contain branches. In this post, we explain how that can be achieved. Table of Contents The Problem with Branches First Scenarios …

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Creating and sending HTML emails with python

Creating and sending HTML email with Python

Updated: May 19th, 20202. When you want to send tidy and attractive emails for marketing or other purposes you quickly come across the common solution of using HTML, and CSS code within emails. In this post we will show you a code snippet that allows you to send such HTML emails using standard python libraries. …

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Set up and run your Cucumber and Selenium web tests on Gitlab-CI within minutes

(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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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.

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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Complete Setup Guide for Ruby, Cucumber and Watir on Windows

Setting up Ruby, Cucumber, and Waitr on Windows

This blog post is outdated. Please refer to our updated setup guide instead. Introduction This is an updated version of our previous post on getting a cucumber installation set up on Windows. It has become one of the most popular resources for this on the web, but has aged a little since we published it …

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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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Performance, Load and Stress Testing

When we talk about either of performance, load and stress testing, we sometimes encounter confusion about the three terms. No wonder, since they all involve the same tools and techniques! And to make matters worse, we ourselves often lump them together under the “perf & load” label. But while all three test methods share similar …

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Agile Software Design

In Agile development, Big Design Up Front (BDUF) is considered an anti-pattern. As with any pattern and anti-pattern, people — engineers in particular — have a tendency to treat them as rules, as laws that Shall Not Be Broken (TM). The unfortunate side-effect can be that in teams where that mode of thinking prevails, any …

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