Shipping on the CD is not very helpful.
Do you really mean that these modules should be installed with Python?
I have a current problem writing some tools to generate Excel spreadsheets as final reports. Easy to do using the win32com module that comes with win32all or Pythonwin that is included with the standard install but not installed with ArcGIS and Python.
The result is that scripts will work in a development environment but cannot be deployed because the modules are not organisation wide.
So rather than worry about some optional and less used modules, I would rather see the defaults loaded with the software to tackle intransigent and unskilled administrators. I suppose they can always reverse them to 'comply with Policy'.
At the UC this year we saw the need for some more documentation on including modules and packages install-free, so we're working on a blog post about that right now.
Even though I voted for some python modules to be included, what I'd really like to see is that ESRI work with Enthought to make sure there is a version of the Enthought Python Distribution that is compatible with each version of ArcGIS. That way, I can just use the 100+ libraries already provided in the EPD together with ArcGIS. This is already true in the latest Enthought EPD 7.3 and ArcGIS 10.1, both of which use Python 2.7 and Numpy 1.6. So everything works very nicely together. But how long will this very nice situation last? Let's make it last longer than just these current releases!
Would there be any interest in Pandas? It would be nice to interact with and manipulate tabular information without actually changing the source table, or to populate tables (before writing them to a geodatabase) without being restricted by InsertRow. Data analysis/processing can be especially nasty in Python/arcpy when creating field values that depend on the values in other rows. I often find myself switching to R (a statistical programming environment... Pandas gives Python an R-like functionality) for the ease of working with tabular data that can be accessed by row/column indices or by row/column names.
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