PayPal APIs: Up and Running, 2nd Edition
Monetizing Your Application with Payment Flows
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2012
Pages: 152

If your web application’s success depends on how quickly and easily users can make transactions, PayPal APIs provide effective solutions you can’t afford to overlook. This concise book takes you hands-on through several options to help you determine the best choice for your situation, whether you’re collecting money via websites or mobile apps for products and services, donations, or anything else.

In each chapter, you’ll work with a different PayPal API by integrating it into the book’s sample application, using Python and the Google App Engine framework. This expanded edition introduces two new options: Express Checkout for Digital Goods and Instant Payment Notifications, complete with sample project code. By the end of this book, you’ll understand how to take full advantage of PayPal and its powerful features.

  • Learn PayPal API basics, and get an introduction to Google App Engine
  • Explore the Express Checkout option, and understand what distinguishes it from other generic workflows
  • Tailor Express Checkout for electronic documents, videos, and other “in app” digital purchases
  • Apply the Adaptive Payments option for transactions that involve multiple recipients
  • Embed the payment process into your site with no mention of PayPal, using Website Payments Pro
  • Use the Instant Payment Notifications you receive as triggers to take follow-up action
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    Comments about oreilly PayPal APIs: Up and Running, 2nd Edition:

    Upshot: A worthy upgrade to the first edition, this time not PHP but enumerated in Python. Does a good job of plotting & describing PayPal's increasingly byzantine "workflows" to bop payments back and forth.

    Coming from a different author than the initial edition, PayPal APIs: Up & Running 2nd Edition came as a bit of a surprise to me. Whereas the 1st ed used PHP & Objective-C, this new edition instead uses Python (with as little dependencies as possible) as well as Google App Engine.

    Much of the same workflows are plotted out/flow-charted out, with some of the same charts as the first edition. The sample code, however, is not a static archive — it's been moved to a Github repository with the proviso that it will change as PayPal changes their APIs. This is a good thing!

    Disclosure: I received the eBook download(s) from O'Reilly for review purposes.

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