Paypal Handling (Programming)
Posted on 2006-11-16
I am sort of looking for logic here. I would like to build a system (language is not important at this stage) that can grab recent payments
to my Paypal account. Paypal's mail-system is horrible and often forgets to tell me, and I can't be logging into Paypal refreshing the page
all day long. I have seen a system that does this before, it looks for new payments, and handles them when received. What I am curious
about, is how? Does Paypal offer some sort of service that helps in automating actions after payment? If so, I have not seen it, I have looked.
Or, do I have to write something that will log into Paypal and parse the pages? I would really not have to do it this way, since I don't know
how I would go about logging in with Paypal(https), being sure it doesn't log me out, logging back in if it did, and such. Also, the more traffic from
you Paypal gets, the less it shows. This means, after a few hits, you are down to seeing only ONE most recent change in your account. So,
if between parses you get two payments, your system loses one.
If anyone has any ideas, or experience in this, please let me know how a system like this is ordinarily handled. At this time, all I am looking for
is something that can notify me, nothing that actual takes action.