Great question - I solved my issue today as follows using Ecilpse:
Put your template in the same folder hierarchy as your source code (not in a separate folder hierarchy even if you include it in the build path) as below:
In your code simply use the following lines of code (assuming you just want the date to be passed as data):
VelocityEngine ve = new VelocityEngine(); ve.setProperty(RuntimeConstants.RESOURCE_LOADER, "classpath"); ve.setProperty("classpath.resource.loader.class", ClasspathResourceLoader.class.getName()); ve.init(); VelocityContext context = new VelocityContext(); context.put("date", getMyTimestampFunction()); Template t = ve.getTemplate( "templates/email_html_new.vm" ); StringWriter writer = new StringWriter(); t.merge( context, writer );
See how first we tell VelocityEngine to look in the classpath. Without this it wouldn't know where to look.
~ Answered on 2012-12-04 04:13:44