James Barrese, CTO, PayPal


Business man texting on his mobile (Small).jpgBack in 2009, PayPal was the first financial company to open up its payments APIs for developers around the world. However, our tools haven’t kept up with the bleeding edge of innovation that the industry expects of us. As our President David Marcus remarked a few months ago, there is a “massive culture change” happening at PayPal, and we are at SXSW this week to ask our developers to take another look at the tools we can offer them.

Developers should have the freedom to focus on innovating for their customers, not spending time worrying about handling the complex task of payments. As one of the largest, most trusted online payments service around the globe, nobody can grow with a developer’s business the way that PayPal can. We connect 123 million account holders across more than 50 financial networks in 190 markets and in 25 currencies around the world. And, we do it securely so that developers don’t need to worry about managing complex issues like fraud or all of the compliance requirements.

But we listened when our developers said they wanted better capabilities from us, and now we’re doubling down on our developer programs to deliver the best tools in the industry:

  • Mobile SDK – Everyone knows that mobile is changing the way consumers shop and pay, and no one more than developers who must have a mobile presence to compete in today’s environment. We’re launching a mobile SDK so that developers can deliver great experiences for their customers by reducing friction when it comes to payments. Customers never leave the developer’s app experience to pay and they have more choice in the way they want to pay – simply click a PayPal button or scan a credit card using our card.io technology. We’re making it available for iOS developers first, but we’ll expand to other platforms soon.
  • JavaScript PayPal Buttons – Developers can now integrate PayPal in seconds by simply copying and pasting five lines of code into their website, shopping cart or a QR code. We’re making it easy to accept payments on a website, whether it’s a mobile device, tablet, or PC.
  • New REST APIs – In addition to our existing APIs, U.S. developers will now have access to new APIs built on modern, standards-based technologies such as REST, OAuth, and JSON.  We are beta-launching these modernized versions of our most popular APIs –payments processing and immediate settlement – to make it easier and faster for developers to integrate PayPal into their experiences.
    • Tokenization – A key feature of our new APIs is that we now tokenize credit cards for developers so that we significantly reduce their PCI compliance responsibilities.
    • Developer Website – We are launching a simple, integrated website –https://developer.paypal.com – that gives developers a single location for our sandbox, tools, documentation, and resources they need to build innovative applications.

This is just the beginning. We will be releasing new APIs and capabilities throughout 2013, while continuing to support our existing developer tools through this evolution. We will continue to listen to the developer community and rapidly respond to their feedback.

As the SXSW Interactive Festival kicks off this week in Austin, we’ll be on the ground showcasing our new set of developer tools and engaging attendees at the PayPal Exchange, where our Developer Lounge is located on the third floor of the Austin Convention Center. If you’re attending the show, please swing by!

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