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Chapter 5. Analyzing Open Data for Fun (and Profit?), Part 3

This is the third and final installment in a series of articles that takes a look at using open source technology to analyze the World Development Indicators data set from the World Bank’s data catalog. In this final article, we’re going to change gears a bit and look at one possible way we might monetize our analysis efforts thus far by leveraging the PayPal X payment platform. Just in case you missed the first two articles in the series, click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.

PayPal X: Your Global Payment Platform

PayPal X, the latest branding of the PayPal ecommerce platform, introduces several new payment APIs to make your life as a developer wishing to collect payments through your site or application easier and more robust. The traditional payment gateways, such as Express Checkout and Web Payments, still exist; however, those products were mainly used in your typical (read boring) web checkout routines. With the new Adaptive Payments API you have finer-grained control over how the payments are sent and received. You could split payments among multiple recipients, offer preapproved payments, and process payments on any number of platforms! Another great new feature offered by the Adaptive Payments API is Embedded Payments, which allows you to embed PayPal payments directly in your application without redirecting away from your site. The possibilities are endless, and in this article we’re going to take ...

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