Java Applet Beginner Question - File Access

I am writing my first java applet.. so this question HOPEFULLY will be VERY easy for you experts.

Objectives:
1. Have my webpage call a public function in my applet with one argument.
2. Have the applet READ FROM a text file ON THE SERVER, in the same directory as the applet, and return a text value from that file.
3. Have the webpage display that value.


PARTIAL WEB PAGE LISTING (This works fine):
<applet name='TownDataBase' code=TownDataBase.class width=10 height=10></applet>
* In a function on that same page, i am calling the public member of the applet..
document.TownDataBase.GetData(TownName)
* I then use a "document.write" to put the value in the page.


FULL JAVA APPLET LISTING (This is the problem)
import java.applet.*;
import java.awt.*;
import java.io.*;

public class TownDataBase extends Applet {
  //Constructor
  public TownDataBase()
  {
  }
 
  public void start()
  {
  }

  public void stop()
  {
  }

  public void destroy()
  {
  }

  public void init()
  {
  }

  public void paint(Graphics g)
  {
  }

  public String GetData(String valin)
  {
    //Init our return value
    String RetVal = "";

    //Try to open the file and read from it
    try
    {
      File fl = new File("MapData.txt");
      FileReader fr = new FileReader(fl);
      BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(fr);
      RetVal = br.readLine();
    } catch (IOException e)       {
      RetVal = "Error";
    }
   
    //Return it
    return "Checking " + valin + "... " + RetVal;
  }
}



NOTES:
- I read somewhere that in an unsigned applet.. (which this is..) you can NOT access files using the methods i used.. instead you are supposed to use URL's.. and resources.. etc.. which I am not sure how to do.  

How do i open my file and read just a single line of data from it?? For now, thats all i want it to do.. once i can get it open, then i can massage the data any way I want.. please just help me get the dang file open.  Thank you.

- Andrew
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LunaSkyeAsked:
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CEHJConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Or rather
BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(getClass().getResourceAsStream("/MapData.txt")));

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CEHJCommented:
Try


BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(getClass().getResourceAsStream("MapData.txt")));

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LunaSkyeAuthor Commented:
contactkarthi and CEHJ,

Both of the solutions did what i wanted.. Thank you for the input.
I like CEHJ's solution better though, because it is only one line, and doesnt require me to reference another library (java.net.*).
I can see that they are doing pretty much the same thing..  however, they are both REALLY slow.. i mean like 10-15 seconds..
Can i expect the file access to be this slow typically? Is there a way to speed it up?

Thank you,
Andrew
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CEHJCommented:
That shouldn't be the case. Are you sure you're not witnessing slowness elsewhere?
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LunaSkyeAuthor Commented:
I dont think so..
here is the webpage that is accessing the file ("TownName" is a variable) :

document.write("<H2> Welcome To " + TownName + " !!</H2>");
document.write(document.TownDataBase.GetData(TownName))

The first line "Welcome To.." is coming up immediately..
The second line.. the one that accesses the applet, is coming up like 10 seconds later..
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CEHJCommented:
I would avoid doing document.write. Instead set the value of an element already there on the page
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LunaSkyeAuthor Commented:
I split the points because both answers were correct.  CEHJ gave a much simpler answer and explained things better. That is why I gave more points to them.  I appreciate the help!
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