Today while working on a plugin I needed to read in a properties file from within my plugin. I have done this before but could not remember how to do it, so I started Googling. I eventually came across this page. I had found the first method on several other pages while searching, but the second method I had never seen before. As expected it worked , and is actually a really simple and clean way to load resource files, like text, or in my case, properties files from within your plugins. Just thought I would share it with everyone.