>>I don't have VC++, so I was planning on using either mingw, mingw cross 
>>compiler for using cygwin or borland.
> 
> I don't understand the middle paragraph, but mingw is supposed to
> produce binaries that are compatible with the native Windows
> installation of Ruby.

Really? Excellent!

Um, as to the middle paragraph I screwed up. I find it much easier to 
edit other peoples text :)

I had meant that I was thinking about using 1 of 3 options. Mingw 
itself, Borlands C/C++ compiler or use cygwins gcc compiler which can be 
used to generate mingw binaries.

Make more sense?

Rob