I plugged in the node-red vscode plugin and love it.
I draw your attention to Expansin & Universal Co., ltd in South Korea - where these guys are doing IOT for IDE called enuspace. This is probably most relevant to you guys.
They also have a plugin for tensorflow (which I am looking into) - where you can glue operations together into a graph. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt9sIMFOXXo
They have released c++ code here
I wonder if the tensorflow community would rally to build out such functionality for vscode.....
seems like the heavy lifting has been done - just need to plug in the presentation layer.