I don't think I'm asking for too much at all. JCreator does all that and runs very fast, the only problem is that it cost a license. JCreator is what some of them were using, but not any of the newer boxes. Sadly, it seems everything programmed in java is too slow to use
I even used IntelliJ on one of these boxes as a test, and although it didn't run near as quickly as JCreator, it was "fast enough", but I can't use that either. The problem with JCreator is that the light (free) version is VERY sparce on features.
I do make them do a few with notepad and the command prompt (to know more about what goes on under the hood), but using an IDE puts more focus on the programming aspect and less on the "which import was that" or "what was that function name again" part.
Any way I could get eclipse written in C++? hehe