Currently only Python 2 (latest version 2.7.13, ported but not online yet) is available for OpenVMS
Python 3 is clearly the future, but is not available on OpenVMS at the moment
Unfortunately there are few incompatibilities between the 2 versions Fortunately a tool exist to convert Python 2 code to Python 3 (2to3), but the generated code runs only on Python3.
It may be wise to write directly code compatible to Python 3 that also runs in Python 2 and it is possible.
Six provides simple utilities for wrapping over differences between Python 2 and Python 3. It is intended to support codebases that work on both Python 2 and 3 without modification. six consists of only one Python file, so it is painless to copy into a project.
python-future is the missing compatibility layer between Python 2 and Python 3. Itallows you to use a single, clean Python 3.x-compatible codebase to support both Python 2 and Python 3 with minimal overhead.
In order to write compatible code on OpenVMS, you can use the following imports
$ python Python 2.7.13 (default, Dec 18 2016, 18:07:01) [DECC] on OpenVMS Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. >>> import future >>> import builtins >>> import past >>> import six
A PDF version is here: http://python-future.org/compatible_idioms.pdf
This notebook shows you idioms for writing future-proof code that is compatible with both versions of
Python: 2 and 3. It accompanies Ed Schofield’s talk at PyCon AU 2014, “Writing 2/3 compatible code”.
(The video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOqk8j11aAI&t=10m14s.)