So, my colleagues have developed a CDT program that's usable. Fortunately for me, it's in LISP, which lacks parallel processing, modern libraries, a nice IDE, and the other goodies I've become accustomed to in my work life. (That means I get to figure these features out and thereby contribute!)
Enter Visual Studio 2008, IronPython, and IronScheme.
Setting up IronScheme with Visual Studio 2008 was usefully detailed here: (note, you need RegPkg via the Visual Studio 2008 SDK)
Setting up IronPython with Visual Studio 2008 via IronPython Studio (integrated setup):
And voila, no more excuses to complain about development.
(Yes, the end goal is to make it Python and cross-platform, although I'm really eying F#)