I'm looking for tutorials that can help me to learn and understand how to build standalone java applications, something a bit more complex then a Hello World example where I can take this and expand it into a application that I have in mind.
Anyone ran into some good ones that explain how I can extend upon the beginner knowledge that I have and learn a few more tools to the trade?
EDIT: I've not explained myself that well it seems. The introduction items I have have gone through for the most part. I guess what I'm trying to find is something that that focuses more upon the in's and out of designing a stand alone application that be executed much like an exe or jar file. If I am still not making sense I apologize, outside of the introduction area I am finding that there are a myriad of directions, but no roadmap to direct me as to the destination that would facilitate my needs.
It's not clear to me how your request differs significantly from a recomendation for a tutorial on java programming, and I'm not sure what your current knowledge level is, but anyways, I learned a lot from this one...
Sounds as if you might do well to look at introductory books. Don't buy anything with less than 8 horseshoes, or older than 2004; if it doesn't cover Java 5 at least consider it out of date. Some books may have more recent editions than those reviewed.
If I understand you correctly, you are interested more in the design aspect rather than the implementation. If yes, one good way to learn could be looking at the source code for any open source application written in Swing. I usually use a calendar component by Kai Toedter. I think the source code would be available. That would be the perfect size, to give you a good idea about design, without confusing you with tons of classes.
If you can come up with your design, and share it here, I am sure you will get lots of pointers.