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PayPal APIs: Up and Running [Paperback]

Matthew A. Russell

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19 April 2012 144931872X 978-1449318727 2

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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About the Author

Matthew Russell, Vice President of Engineering at Digital Reasoning Systems ( and Principal at Zaffra (, is a computer scientist who is passionate about data mining, open source, and web application technologies. He’s also the author of Dojo: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly).

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2.0 out of 5 stars Only the basics and still not enough info 18 Sep 2012
By Michael - Published on
This book only covers the basics of the Paypal API, and even then it doesn't give enough information. For example, it doesn't go over what the various responses for IPNs mean or the best practices for dealing with them. The whole book is like that, you'll find your self on the PayPal's developer website figuring it out your self. Luckily PayPal gives good explanations for things (some that this book seems to copy word for word). If you have never dealt with APIs before this book might give you a little more of the basics than the PayPal site, but you will still need to use the PayPal developer manuals and problem solving to implement your checkout. If you know what a HTTP POST are familiar with making them and parsing responses then you are better off skipping this book and just using the PayPal site.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Helpful! 10 Jun 2012
By Frank Beckendorf - Published on
If you are depending on how quickly you can make transactions, PayPal APIs can help. And, this title takes you through a bunch of ways you can figure out the best way to do what you need. If you're collecting money thru websites or mobile apps, this is the title.

Each chapter gives you a different perspective into intergrating all this into the book's samples. And, you get introduced to two new options: Express Checkout for Digitial Goods and Instant Payment Notification. Yes, the sample code is there!

By the last page, you should know the basics and exactly how to do it! There is even an ebook edition!
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