PayPal APIs: Up and Running
A Developer's Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2011
Pages: 126

If your web application's success depends on how quickly and easily users can make transactions, then PayPal is a solution you can't afford to overlook. This book helps you determine which PayPal option is best for your situation, and provides step-by-step instructions for implementing the payment method you choose—whether you're accepting money via the Web or mobile devices for products and services, donations, or anything else.

You'll find sample code written primarily in PHP and Objective-C, as well as use cases for executing options with PayPal's API. By the end of this book, you'll have a clear understanding of PayPal and how you can get the most out of its powerful features, no matter how much API programming experience you have.

  • Learn how to work with the PayPal API, and choose the right integration method for your project
  • Explore PayPal’s Express Checkout option, including its unique workflow and four methods of operation
  • Examine the Website Payment Pro method—with a focus on direct payments
  • Consider Adaptive Payments and learn how to set permission levels for their use
  • Use PayPal in your iOS or Android-based mobile app with the new Mobile Express Checkout method
  • Test your PayPal implementation with the sandbox
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        2.0

        Show us some real-world examples!

        By lluna

        from Silver City, NM

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        Pros

        • Clearly written

        Cons

        • No real demonstrations

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        • Intermediate

        Comments about O'Reilly Media PayPal APIs: Up and Running:

        Could have taken the time to give some examples. Perhaps integrating a real shopping cart.....

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        1.0

        A Rehash of Paypal Docs

        By HB

        from NSW

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media PayPal APIs: Up and Running:

            I bought this book in order to learn how to integrate Paypal Express Checkout... but what a disappointment. There's no real world example. Heck, there's not even an example showing how to use the API for a simple, digital goods checkout.

            Most of the information in this book was simply taken from the Paypal docs with little to no modifications. In fact, even the Paypal developer site has some real world examples and tutorials on Express Checkout which this book is devoid of.

            What a waste of time and money.

             
            4.0

            The different PayPal API types

            By Marvin

            from Malaysia

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            Pros

            • Concise
            • Easy to understand
            • Helpful examples

            Cons

            • Not comprehensive enough

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            • Novice

            Comments about O'Reilly Media PayPal APIs: Up and Running:

            For developers who has extra customization or merely to get a better grasp of the APIs, this book explains it with workflow and diagram to help with understanding the flow of each payment type.

            In short, this is the Programmer's book or partly API documentation.

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            4.0

            Meaty yet lean and concise

            By Dozza

            from Sydney, Australia

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            • Some things Irrelevant

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media PayPal APIs: Up and Running:

            Always thought PayPal needed it's own dedicated book and here it is. Michael Balderas provides a concise book (yes it's a bit small) that details how to use the PayPal API, working with PHP and Objective-C (although I doubt the relativity of Obj-C considering iOS developers won't be able to make use of third-party payment APIs), you will learn to integrate PayPal into your website or application.

            The complete cycle from selecting the appropriate libraries and calls, to enabling the Pro Website Payment features and using different sorts of payment options. The author also looks at mobile express checkout, optimised for Paypal for mobile devices, and whilst this may not be relevant to iOS devices, working with Android and other devices is quite useful. The cycle is completed when the author guides the developer on how to test the code in a PayPal sandbox.

            I quite enjoy short concise books, the theory behind all of everything is better left to links and the appendix, with the meat being lean and tasty. I highly rate this book and add it to my collection of cookbooks. Specialised and useful, definitely worth the read!.

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