Victor, I think your best bet is to tough it out with C++. You might want to try the free trial of Visual Assist (a personal fave, and a bargain at 99\\$) from [www.wholetomato.com](www.wholetomato.com).
Really, C++ itself is a daunting language while you're learning it, but Visual C++ is not really the tough end of it. In fact, it's debugger is quite helpful, and it's docs are quite complete and relatively well written (I have beefs with their search mechanism, however. I advise using Google on the msdn website however).
Good luck! And ask plenty of questions.