PayPal Release PayPal Web Services

Tuesday 4 May 2004 10:07 CET | News

PayPal has introduced PayPal Web Services, a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) to the PayPal platform based on open standards.

PayPal Web Services, currently in beta release, is comprised of four new informational and transactional APIs enabling developers and merchants of all sizes to create ecommerce solutions and applications that integrate with the PayPal platform. This new offering expands PayPals existing family of Website Payments functionality and reporting features, and includes PayPals popular Instant Payment Notification (IPN) service. In its initial release, the PayPal Web Services beta provides access to the following four API calls: -- TransactionSearch: Based on specified search criteria such as payment date or customer name, returns a set of matching transaction IDs and basic transaction details. -- GetTransactionDetails: For a given transaction, returns all details associated with the transaction, such as customer email address, time of payment, and purchase details. -- RefundTransaction: For a given transaction, reverses the transaction and issues a refund or partial refund to the purchaser. -- MassPay: Transfers funds to one or many recipients by providing an automated alternative to cutting paper checks or manually initiating individual payments (available end of second quarter, 2004). PayPal Web Services enables more streamlined and automated access to the PayPal platform, and broadens the audience for PayPals ecommerce tools to include advanced technical developers and enterprise customers. PayPal Web Services are based on open standards, supporting Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and Web Services Description Language (WSDL). PayPal Web Services Solutions One of the first companies to incorporate PayPals SOAP enabled Web Services is Grand Central. A Business Services Network, Grand Central delivers Integration-On-Demand to enterprises -- lowering the cost, time, and risk of application integration of web services. Developer Central Developers and merchants can setup and access the PayPal Web Services at the newly launched PayPal Developer Central ( Designed as an information hub to educate eCommerce developers, Developer Central offers information on how to set up developer certificates, get started with PayPal APIs, and access developer forums for discussion and questions. Developers can also use the new PayPal Sandbox, a testing environment for PayPal Web Services. The PayPal Web Services architecture shares a common API structure with eBays web services offerings. Developers can work with both standards-based platforms without additional training.

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