Is that "sad"? Not necessarily. It really depends on how you look at it and how much you know about it.
C/C++ is the parent of all those "high level" languages. It was invented for good reasons, is existing and evolving for good reasons, is evading and being replaced also for good reasons. Without knowing any of above, but blindly ignoring it, downplaying it, or being scared of it, is SAD for any self-esteemed programmer, because he/she missed A LOT.
Among all the excuses, scaring of the complexity of C/C++ syntax and IDE is probably the biggest hurdle of all. That drove me to write the two beginner level C++ articles.
Me myself picking VC++ IDE is just personal preference because I started with Borland C/C++ IDE 2.5 decades ago and moved to Visual Studio IDE naturally and gradually.
Here are URLs:
A super easy DLL made in VC++ IDE, especially for the first time tasters
Cool dummy volume meter in "DOS mode", a fun starter project for anyone who wants to know a little more on VC++ IDE and Win32 Core APIs
The first article is really "super easy". I'm not bragging: I doubt there is any easier VC++/DLL example in the whole world ;-)
The second article is really fun and also showing you great stuff about Win32 and hardware. I even made a youtube video for the demo. Wish you enjoy them as I did: