My Eclipse development environment is broken, and I can’t figure out what has happened, or what to do about it. It seems to have recently upgraded itself to Neon, and appeared to work well enough for a few days, but now it’s failing with
Errors occurred during the build. Errors running builder 'Plug-in Manifest Builder' on project 'org.eclipse.smarthome.binding.digitalstrom'. java.lang.NullPointerException Errors running builder 'Plug-in Manifest Builder' on project 'org.eclipse.smarthome.binding.fsinternetradio'. java.lang.NullPointerException ...
Which leads to countless errors of course.
And upon trying to just reinstall the whole thing, the first step in the IDE setup instructions – download the Eclipse installer – leads to this:
Is there anything that I can do individually, or that we can do collectively, to yield a stable, reliable development environment that doesn’t upgrade itself without asking, doesn’t break itself, that allows us to reinstall it from a known working starting point, etc.? Have developers just gotten used to the situation where the IDE becomes an ongoing issue in itself? I suppose it’s at least worth more than the price I paid, but still…