Hello, My problem is as follows: I would like for a session ejb to retrieve information from xml files (other that the ejb DDs of course...). I prefer the XML-file solution to the relational-database solution as it is more lightweight. (We haven't got the resources nor the skill to administrate a native xml database.) Am I allowed to read from the filesystem? What is the best architectural solution you would advise bearing in mind I need the information contained in the xml files to be available in java (in the session bean). Ideally I would drop xml files in a directory and they would automatically be parsed and taken into account by an ejb. I am available to provide more details if needed. Any clue welcome, Julien Martin.