Gleb Bahmutov: When I First Saw the Cypress.io Test Runner, I Knew It Was Special
Hello Gleb, and welcome to the interview with JSNation! What’s your story?
I went to graduate school expecting to work on operating systems and programming languages, but a computer vision class has changed my life. Seeing the results as images or video is a lot more interesting than looking at rows of numbers, so I got involved with panorama processing and it became my thesis topic.
What did you do before becoming a VP of Cypress.io?
At my previous startup (financial analysis) we were looking for a good end-to-end testing tool — and everything was just painful to use. PhantomJS, Karma, CasperJS, and Nightmare — you name it, we have tried it. But as soon as I saw the Cypress.io test runner for the first time, I knew it was really special.
After a year, it was only natural to join Cypress to continue working on the test runner itself and the related SaaS services.
What do you do now at Cypress.io? What’s your area of expertise?
Like any startup, you got to do many things, so I worked on the test runner itself, for example building it for the Windows OS. But I constantly shift from topic to topic. I worked on the test runner and on the SaaS side of business. I worked on the test parallelization feature and on paywall — you got to pay those bills. Now I am working closely with other companies to make sure Cypress tests are super simple to run on every platform, on every CI and that it plays well together with other tools, like visual testing.
You’ve contributed to more than 300 open source projects, what’s the story behind your involvement?
Oh yeah, a lot of my open source projects are linked from glebbahmutov.com and they are mostly tiny “glue” utilities and modules that I needed — and that did not exist yet. So I would just code something for myself, and usually publish it to NPM. I got the scaffolding and project setup all automated, so starting a new project is quick and painless. My favorite personal tool is next-update — a painless way to update project’s dependencies without breaking tests. I use it a lot myself.
You’re a member of multiple meetups and have given multiple talks over the years. What’s your favorite talk?
I have given talks on a variety of topics, but one of my favorite ones is this short lighting talk from ng-conf 201. I think it shows my presentation style pretty well. I joke a lot!
You’ve been writing on your blog since 2013. Why did you decide to share your knowledge via writing?
So I write the blog for myself — because I constantly forget stuff. Writing it down helps me find the solution quickly. At some jobs people joke that half of my emails to them are just links to my posts as my answers to their questions.
Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
So I have two hobbies that kind of cancel each other — I stay in shape by jumping rope and I get out of shape by drinking craft beer. So my days are filled with working out and then celebrating being in shape. 🙂 By the way, you can see all the beers I have consumed over the years at glebbahmutov.tumblr.com/archive.
What it clearly shows is that phone cameras have improved a great deal!
Are you excited about the upcoming JSNation Conference in Amsterdam this year? What are your expectations about the event?
I am super excited about JSNation — the speakers line up is incredible. These truly are people I want to see and learn from. Plus I have heard that Amsterdam is a fun city. 🙂 But seriously, the program, the venue and the city atmosphere are 100% incredible.