1. How do you use the link_to method to call an action and pass it parameters so the url looks like

http://www.example.com/month_view/2008/01

I know how to make it look like

http://www.example.com/month_view/?year=2008&month=01

when I do this <%=link_to "next", :action=> "month_view/2008/02" %>
it just escapes the forward slashes so the url looks like

http://www.example.com/month_view%2F2008%2F02

2. Is it possible to develop a ROR app without have a db to connect to ... If I try to run a rails app and haven't created a mysql db, it gives me an error message and will not load the app.