are you on windows or linux?
Windows did work with the visual studio route (follow the bullet docu for the right version)
I suggest using a vm btw, as else you cannot get rid of that crap easily.
For linux the gcc compilation did work.
You basically need to real support for the compilation, as gradle is the leading system there. You can start the native build via it. There is some properties file that defines what will be build, there was a property like buildNatives that you need to set to true.
a gradlew build should do it after that.
For editing I only used smaller editors like vim ect. as I did not want to spend the time for a proper ide