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Java Java Basics Getting Started with Java Introduction to Your Tools

Can I use an IDE on my computer instead of the workspace you provide? And if so, how do i go about doing that?

would rather keep my code local instead of in the workspace you provide

First you need to decide on which IDE you would like to download; there are several to choose from like: netbeans, eclipse, intellij idea are some just to name a few. I personally like eclipse- it has a nice user interface and easy to set up. If you can get on youTube there are tutorials that you can watch to help you download it. My advise is if you do get on youTube is to look up thenewboston tutorials- he has a ton of java tutorials that you can watch to help you along the way; and they are short too so you won't fall asleep lol.