During development, it is common to use a file (~/.hq/build.properties) to specify overriding props such as DB connection props. The URL for this file is located in app-context.xml. On Windows, the "file://" URL does not work. We had to modify it to "file:C:\Documents And Settings\bob\.hq\build.properties" (for example)
We need to find a platform independent way to load this file. Perhaps file: will work on non-Windows as well...