Yes, the MS VS system has been somewhat of a standard. Personally for much of my day job, it’s hard to imagine anything else. Getting into C++ tho, what an odd exercise in frustration. Not just intellisense, and it’s not just the size of the UE4 code base. I find several gripes from developers back last fall the same issues users report here on different engines. There has been no improvement, coming up on a year now.
So, two thoughts here. First, maybe it’s best to face it and consider the idea that maybe MS’s efforts on the VS product line are not going to have a lot of attention other than .Net and ASP. It might be wise to start courting another system on the side. Perhaps getting the development team behind QTcreator to consider building an add on that will auto configure for UE4 and handle new UE4 updates with ease. If not them, I’d wager there are some other editors out there who would enjoy getting a lot of new users.
Second, anyone vouch for XCode usage and performance? My old Mini won’t handle what I’d need it to do, but some years ago I fell in love with that editor. Halfway tempted to invest in a new system…but for that expense I’d have to hear quite a few raving reviews on UE4 development.