Mingling og mobil betaling

Skinnende blanke buttons med blide barn.

De tre tar trikken fra Sofienberg. Marit, Benedicte og Ola fester skinnende blanke buttons på skjorte og skjørt. Håndfuller av runde, kalde buttons med skarpe nåler.
– Gleder meg til å møte nye folk, sier Benedicte.
– Jeg føler meg som en blanding av hippie, bassist og blitzer med disse buttonsene, sier Marit.

PAY for mobile payment services
PAY for mobile payment services

Johan Hallesby ønsker dem varmt velkommen:
– Spis, drikk og kos dere!
Inne i dagligstua til Making Waves står Øystein Garnes med en kald Carlsberg.
– Øi! Garnes!
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Payment services available in Norway

Is your work any good? You know when your customers pay you.
Is your work any good? You know when your customers pay you.

This is a summary of payment services presented or mentioned at The Mobile Meetup Oslo on Wednesday 24th of September.

In general, there are two types of payments services:

  1. The ones with cool APIs that let developers make seemless integrations. The customer stays on your page, but the transaction-information and other sensitive data is handled by the payment service.
  2. The ones that redirects the customer to their own page to complete the payment and then send them back to you when the payment is complete (or canceled or rejected).

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How to Build Your Startup Technology Stack Real Fast Without Investing Any Money.

Unfortunately Parse is closing down in 2017, but we have found a great and actually local (to us) service: AppStax.

We built our first shippable product #lillygram in six weeks. This was possible in part because we made some smart choices about our technology stack. Here are some of them.

Parse dressed i white.

Do you want to save lots of money and hundreds of hours of coding while building your product?

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Unfortunately Parse is closing down in 2017, but we have found a great and actually local (to us) service: AppStax.

Our First #lillygram Hurdle: Getting Paid

This weekend we were all set for a soft invitation-only launch. Until we realized we couldn’t get paid. That’s bad for business.

dollar

It’s all my fault. I was charged with the task of enabling users to leave us with their sweet bundles of cash. Easy enough, I thought.

lillyDrawing-refrigirator-alt 1.2 expo-01

Since we are hosting our backend with Parse.com (an excellent «Backend as a Service»), we would ideally use Stripe.com for payments, since they are nicely integrated with Parse.com. Only problem is, you need a US or UK registered business and bank account to use Stripe.com.

We have neither. Yet.

We decided to go for PayPal’s new REST API instead. It has a beautiful little SDK for Node.js. I had to build a little payment proxy outside of Parse.com, since Parse.com doesn’t allow using just any package, only ones they have pre-approved.

A few hundred lines of code later it all works in sandbox mode, and we are good to go.

Until we test it in our production environment. Nothing works as expected. After some intense debugging, I finally go to PayPal’s developer portal to triple-check the settings. That’s when I see the fine print:

«PayPal’s new REST API is not available outside of the US.»

Actually, the print isn’t all that fine. It’s staring at my face – and I wonder why I didn’t see this before.

Let this be a reminder to all of you, to make absolutely sure that a service will work for you before you spend your precious hours implementing it.

In the meantime, we will have to do PayPal’s standard payment and manually update users’ credit balances on a regular basis.