Don Yantzi, one of our VisualAge for Java developers, provided the following:
The "default" folder you are mentioning for the WebSphere Test Environment is the resource directory for the VisualAge for Java project which contains your servlet. For example, if your servlet are in a VisualAge for Java project called "Intranet Application" then you would put the .properties files in the directory <vajava install>ideproject_resourcesintranet application , where <vajava install> is the directory where VisualAge For Java is installed. If you are using WebSphere Development Tools for AS/400 this would be c:wdt400vajava by default.
Background information: You setup the CLASSPATH for the WebSphere test environment by specifying other VisualAge for Java projects that contain your servlets, JavaBeans, etc... In VisualAge for Java 3.02 this is done by setting the CLASSPATH for the Servlet Launcher class. In version 3.5 this is performed via the WebSphere Test Environment Control Center. Adding a VisualAge for Java project to the CLASSPATH automatically adds its associated project resources directory. The Java Virtual Machine (JVM) uses the CLASSPATH to locate .properties files.
This was first published in April 2001