Just at this moment I'm looking into this issue (currently for MSVC, soon for Borland).
The real problem seems to be that distutils currently has problems with library names, so this issue will have to be fixed.
perhaps i'm better off going with cygnus or mingw? what is the most common free win32 compiler for use with distutils?
thanks thomas. i found a website with more info. http://www.cyberus.ca/~g_will/pyExtenDL.shtml using all the info garnerd. running a simple command, "coff2omf python20.lib python20_bcpp.lib", has yielded perfect results. i can now do "python setup.py build --c=bcpp" and get perfect PYD files from my extension source. distutils wins again!
MSVC (which is the best compiler for win32), can be freely downloaded from MS if you don't care for (very) large downloads. There was a thread yesterday on c.l.p about this.
good golly, my newsfeed is ugly now, but i'll check for this on deja