So now we come to the part of installing Sphinx on Windows. It turns out that it was not terribly difficult, but I had a hard time finding instructions on the web, so I'll post my steps here.
1. I downloaded Sphinx from the official Sphinx download site (I downloaded Win32 release binaries with MySQL support: sphinx-0.9.8-win32.zip).
2. I unzipped the file into a temp folder.
3. I copied all of the files from the \sphinx-0.9.8-win32\bin directory into C:\Dev\Sphinx (you can put them in the directory of your choice).
4. I added C:\Dev\Sphinx to my Windows PATH
And Sphinx is installed. Nice, simple, easy.
In the next post, I'll see if I can actually set up some indexes and search with Thinking_Sphinx.
See ya next post!