How to Compile PHP5.2 and PHP-GTK2 on Windows using Visual C++ Express

Welcome to the wonderful world of Microsoft Windows
"I'm trying to compile PHP on Windows"

Edin's Treasure Trove - or how to actually get PHP 5.2 compiling on Windows

After Pierre's nice hint after my rant about compile failures (his comment said download this huge file from Edin's site...)

Compiling PHP5.2 on Windows with .Net toolchain - is it even possible?

For three days I fought with compiling PHP5.2 on windows. The point was to be able to compile PHP-GTK2 a little more often (there are at least two bugfixes in CVS that I need for my writer project) and asking on the list/irc for compiled versions got me some smartass answer about "learn to do it …