If you're just starting out in java, it's generally not a good idea to start with a big IDE like Netbeans or Eclipse. Start with notepad and the command line first, then progress to the bigger IDEs when you actually understand what's going on under the hood.
hm, I'll try that. I need more practice navigating with cmd anyway. I doubt I'll deal with Swing much right away if I'm doing that, but I can still import the swing libraries as usual if I wanted to, right?