Cypress Ambassador Spotlight: Aaron Goff

May 30, 2024

By Ronald Williams

Aaron Goff, Cypress Ambassador

What motivates you to be a Cypress Ambassador?

Mentoring others is one of the best things about my current job. Having an opportunity to mentor others and help them grow their Cypress abilities is my key motivator for joining the Cypress Ambassador program.

How do you currently help others that are either using Cypress or interested in using Cypress?

I'm already a Cypress Ambassador of sorts at my current job, where I'm pushing for as many web projects as possible to be using Cypress, giving multiple company-wide talks on using Cypress.

On top of that, I make myself constantly available to my teammates to help them learn and better understand Cypress. I'm also pretty active on StackOverflow.

What is your favorite Cypress feature?

`cy.intercept()`. The ability to easily observe and overwrite network traffic is a gamechanger!

What is your favorite "Cypress Best Practice" and why?

Tests should always be able to be run independently from one another and still pass. 

Writing independent and completely determinant tests is crucial to creating high-value tests. It allows you to have increased confidence your test results and more easily troubleshoot any regressions that your test suite finds.

Outside of work, what are your favorite things to do (hobbies, passions, etc.)?

I have a pretty substantial vinyl record collection, and I purchased a fixer-upper home in 2023 that is taking up a lot of my time recently.

What is one professional milestone you are proud of? (an accomplishment, celebration, recognition, etc.)

I developed a (now-defunct) test automation tool for Roku testing in 2020 and was featured on the Roku Dev Blog!

For new users -  what is the best way to "get started" with Cypress?

I am a hands-on learner, so my advice is to always just dive into a sample test project and start seeing what is possible with Cypress!

What is your favorite quote or saying?

"All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost." - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

About the Ambassador Program.

The Cypress Ambassador program supports the top Cypress advocates around the world. Through this program, Ambassadors are offered speaking opportunities, a personalized hub, and visibility within our extensive network.To learn more about these wonderful ambassadors visit our Official Ambassador webpage.

The Cypress Community Team has been working on the official Cypress Ambassador program to include a variety of new experiences, support resources, benefits, contribution areas, and much more. One of our main priorities is to highlight our current Ambassadors and the amazing work they are doing. They truly embody the community spirit through their advocacy to help empower others. We will be having more opportunities to connect with our Ambassadors this year. Make sure to stay updated and connect with the community.