First EPD Webinar

I wanted to thank everybody who came to the first EPD Webinar which was held today at 1:00pm CDT in our offices at Austin. We had a few technical glitches which our team resolved quickly. I then spent about 30 minutes showing off new features of EPD such as EPDLab, indexed searching of docstrings with Whoosh, and the new curve_fit function from scipy.optimize. Dave Peterson then spent about 30 minutes showing the use of enpkg which is a command in EPD to allow update, upgrade, and rollback service for egg-packages. This tool should allow subscribers to EPD to keep up to date without having to download and install new installers every time a release is made.

A packaging tool like enpkg has been on the roadmap since the beginning, and it was encouraging to see it in action. There are still a few speed and “verbosity” issues that we are cleaning up, but it looks like a good start to what should be a very useful feature for EPD.

In the future, the EPD webinars will contain about 30-45 minutes of training material drawn from the 7-days of course material on scientific computing with Python that we teach regularly. If there are particular points you would like to see covered, please let us know at The current plan for the next EPD Webinar is to provide training on the statistical capabilities of SciPy.

All who attended had the chance to ask questions directly of the Enthought attendees. We look forward to answering more of your questions in the future. The next EPD webinar is scheduled for Friday, July 3 at 1:00pm CDT. If you are an EPD Subscriber at the Basic level, please register. We look forward to your attendance and questions. Feel free to send pre-webinar questions to

The next public webinar for general scientific computing with Python is
Friday, June 19 at 1:00pm CDT. This webinar is open to all that would like to attend. Right now the plan is to show-off the open-source EPDLab and give an overview of all the tools that are brought together in EPD. You can sign up now for the event. I look forward to seeing many of you attend.

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