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Hi and welcome.
For basic questions post to the [New to Java Forum|http://forums.sun.com/forum.jspa?forumID=54].
The getting started links:
[Sun's basic Java tutorial|http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/]
[Sun's New To Java Center|http://java.sun.com/learning/new2java/index.html]
Includes an overview of what Java is, instructions for setting up Java, an intro to programming (that includes links to the above tutorial or to parts of it), quizzes, a list of resources, and info on certification and courses.
A general Java resource site. Includes FAQs, forums, courses, more.
To quote the tagline on their homepage: "a friendly place for Java greenhorns." FAQs, forums (moderated, I believe), sample code, all kinds of goodies for newbies. From what I've heard, they live up to the "friendly" claim.
[The Java Developers Almanac|http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0201752808?v=glance]
Joshua Bloch's [Effective Java|http://www.amazon.com/Effective-Java-2nd-Joshua-Bloch/dp/0321356683]
Bert Bates and Kathy Sierra's [Head First Java|http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0596004656?v=glance]
James Gosling's [The Java Programming Language|http://www.amazon.com/Java-TM-Programming-Language-4th/dp/0321349806/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247059012&sr=1-1]
Gosling is the creator of Java. It doesn't get much more authoritative than this.
Joshua Bloch and Neal Gafter [Java Puzzlers.|http://www.javapuzzlers.com/]