just wanted to let you all know that I am starting a short series of Flash tutorials on how to get started in Java.
These are extremely basic tutorials, walking you through opening up Eclipse, creating a project, and making your first program, and that kind of thing.
Here is the link: http://knightsandwizards.com/content/?q=node/8
Please read the introduction first so you know what to download before you start, as well as Downloading Java and Setting Up Java.
Yes, the Downloading Java link is slightly out of date, but it covers the process fairly well still.
Currently there are only two out of four of the tutorials available, I am working on them as fast as I can and will release on at least once a week.