At some point after you’ve started building your first Rails application, you are going to ask yourself, does this application work the way it’s intended to? If you aren’t asking this question, it means you aren’t a good enough application developer. No application can be built to be perfect, and the only way to get there is to make sure your tests are good enough.

The Rails framework has a lot of tools to help you build a comprehensive, and easy to undestand, set of tests. Surprisingly though, the testing framework in Rails is not nearly as intuitive as the basic development framework, so here are a few tips to get you started.