AccounterLive is an opensource alternative for QuickBooks, written in Java.
http://www.accounterlive.com/ was initially released in 2011 as a paid and commecial product. Currently has 30K+ registered users.
Now it is free and opensource, we still have the dedicated team to support the development and maintnance.
May be you do not need a guide to run a java project
For help tweet us at @accounterlive.