In addition to making php and lots of php extensions available for download, I'm also slowly working on getting some common open source libraries and tools (mainly ones used by/for php and php-gtk) compiling on windows. For some libraries this isn't a problem, for others it won't be so easy.
Today's project (which is finished) was libiconv. The library is already available from Edin's magic windows build pack and from Tor Lillqvist's gtk goodies site since it's part of the gtk dependency tree, even from the gtk and gnome ftp servers and the GnuWin32 project. See the problem though? (Besides the potential MSVC mixing with MinGW junk since only Edin's is compiled with MSVC) The version available is, quite frankly, OLD - the last release of libiconv is 1.11, the available version for windows is 1.9. Let's all just say "ewww" in unison (especially since the release date was 2004 for the 1.9 series and 2006 for 1.11, two years ??).
Bug fixes happen, even windows. Windows needs a little more up to date builds. So I put together three MSVC projects (one for each version, hurray) that are now available from http://perisama.net/downloads because most windows developers are scared to death of makefiles and configuration of any kind. I'm hoping to slowly fill up the "developer" section with more recent builds for all the commonly used open source items. Now becuase everything and it's brother depends on libiconv I can't really do a lot of replacing right away... not until libintl (and other gettext goodies) and libxml2 and...lots of other stuff is built.
Little side note on perisama doling out libs - there will always be the problem of the non-open source stuff, and the open source stuff that has "official" builds. But progress is always a good thing.