Productivity as Indie GameDev without an engine

2021.12.06 01:58 PetAlligator Productivity as Indie GameDev without an engine

Greetings, I am new to game development but have been coding for quite some time and I code professionally as my job. I consider myself a very experienced developer in C#. I apologize if my question is difficult to frame as I am very new to game dev (only a few months).
Despite my programming experience, I was really struggling to understand tools like Unity and Godot. The visual editor was nice for mocking up scenes, but it felt too much like writing code in VB6. In Godot, I didn't like the output wasn't code but rather just a bunch of Godot files. The visual editor wasn't a simple tool in the game pipeline, it was an irreplaceable piece. This felt wrong to me. When I write code in visual studio, I can push that code to a compiler without using visual studio. Otger tools in the game dev pipeline (Blender, Illustrator, Audacity) can all be replaced with substitutes while preserving the input format into downstream tools. In a similar way, IDE is there to help you write code, it doesn't influence downstream tooling. I can read and interpret that code with lots of tools. When building a game with Godot though, that is the end of the development pipeline, you are forced to use that for everything up to publishing. A tool that does that feels way too walled garden for me even if the visual editor makes layout, attaching scripts, etc very easy to do. Unity seemed to constrain development the same way.
So I was impressed when I discovered monogame and I love that the framework is light and very clear. I am writing code but I can abstract over monogame API so I feel like I really own the code and I am not coding myself into a corner or being tethered to one framework.
Unfortuantely, the absence of a visual editor makes some tasks difficult in monogame - for example most of my time is spent writing layout management, input handling, (i.e. implementing a generalizable stack panel) I only had to do this code once but still I know the code isn't a robust as what I'd get with a mature visual editor and extended game framework. I'm definitely reinventing the wheel.
Ok, so I guess my question is how do others balance this? Is there a middle ground to using a framework vs an editor? Specifically does anyone working with monogame know of good visual editors that can act as companion tooling precursors to Visual Studio. Perhaps those tools spit out XML or TT templates for code generation that can intuitively fit into a build pipeline. I'd like the benefit of the conceptual framework of Godot with Nodes, Scenes, transforms, etc. And to allow my designer to build and edit those scenes and layout. But I want the editor to be a precursor to the code process which can then fully owned through traditional coding means in Visual Studio. In other words, I would rather attach data structures output from a visual editor to my code than attach my code as scripts to a proprietary editor's build pipeline. The former seems to give me way more control than the latter.
Am I asking for something that doesn't exist or maybe I didn't give Godot a fair shake. I would appreciate the perspectives those with more experience have on this.
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