When is it better to use e-commerce and n is it better to use the XML interface from Vantiv
Hi Rob - I'll take a crack at this. As you may know Vantiv has multiple payment platforms. The main platform used for eCommerce is what we refer to as Vantiv eCommerce (formerly Litle) so I'll assume this is the one you are referring to.
The way a developer or merchant interacts with the eCommerce platform is by sending / receiving XML formatted messages over a TLS encrypted HTTPS channel to an endpoint. So essentially, our XML dialect (referred to as LitleXML) is that way that you communicate with the eCommerce platform. We provide both batch and on-line interfaces to the platform. For developers who prefer not to construct and parse XML, there are SDKs available in different programming languages that construct and parse the XML messages for you, although what actually goes across the wire are XML transactions regardless.
Here is a short guide that talks about different interface methods and pros and cons of each - Choosing the Right US eCommerce Payment Integration Method . You can see sample transactions here - XML Transaction examples . Happy to chat or connect you with someone if you have more questions? Thanks!
I did not see one listed, but Is there an iOS specific SDKs available?
Hi Joshua - I'm not an expert on all things Vantiv so I'll welcome others to correct me, but here is my understanding: Whether there is an SDK available depends on which of our platforms you are processing against. If you are processing against our eCommerce / Litle platform (my assumption) there is a "Mobile API for Apple Pay" interface - eCommerce Apple Pay solution here. This is not an SDK - it is what I could call a "wire level spec" - Basically this allows you to take the PKPaymentToken received from Apple and send it to us in return for a secure token that can then be used. We do have proper SDKs in other areas but I would need to understand your requirements to answer properly. We're working on better documentation for integrating with Apple Pay that is not public yet. (http://developer.vantiv.com/mobile/apple) - I'm going to upgrade your account so you have access to these preliminary docs and would love to get your feedback. Please reach out to me directly if I can help.
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