Just one more aggravation on the road to 64-bit paradise. I tried to compile Firebird on my Windows 7 64-bit system using Visual Studio 8, by following the directions given in firebird2\doc\README.build.msvc.hmtl. Of course it didn’t work. make_icu.bat reported all targets skipped. Oh joy!
I turns out, if you want to build Firebird using the 32-bit compiler (which I did) on 64-bit Windows, you need to do so from a 32-bit command prompt. I didn’t even know that there was such a thing, but there is. The only way I could find to start a 32-bit command prompt was to browse to \Windows\SysWOW64 and start the cmd.exe found there.
Once I tried the build from the 32-bit command prompt, everything worked just like it should have.