I built a fairly simple C++ gnu build system that quickly speeds things up. It doesn't take any control out of your hands as you still have to have the Makefile.am and Configure.ac but allows you to build and run your application in one button press.
Unfortunately you cannot interact with the program as of yet, maybe something to look forward to in the future....
Let me know what you think about it. Also take note that I have not heavily used this in a real project nor have I spent much time making it. Nonetheless it does work like I planned.