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
Michael Balderas started his technology career in 1995 in Fort Worth, Texas, with hardware and Internet services. He began his transition to database architecture and utility interfaces in 1996. Over the years, Mike has expanded his skills to include frontend and middleware development. One of his most notable projects is the architecture of an enterprise suite for the law enforcement and homeland security marketplace, which has been lauded by the Director of the FBI and the Secretary of Homeland Security. Mike enjoys designing and developing technology that delivers a seamless integration with people and processes for optimal results.
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Comments about oreilly 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.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Comments about oreilly 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!.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend