Partnering with The Codero for complete digital payment gateway solutions

We have some great news to share with all of you. As you know we are continuously working to improve our solutions and service offering for our customers that we promised. Our entire journey depends on how we serve for our customers to develop their business rapidly with consistent improvement with our services. Today I am going to announce you a very exciting news.

 

 

Preview Technologies Limited has signed a MoU with The Codero Limited. The Codero Limited has a set of digital payment gateway solutions and specially one of their base payment gateway solutions “EasyPayWay” is now available for all of our new and existing customers who was just waiting to integrate digital payment gateway with their e-commerce website and get payment from mostly all kinds of payment system like bKash, Rocket, Credit/Debit Cards and Online Banking. This partnership is a great opportunity for Preview Technologies Limited to develop more easy, efficient and customized payment gateway solutions. Here is a solution snapshots I can’t wait to tell you.

Faster Merchant ID Create & Approval Process
All of our new and existing customer can now apply for getting a merchant account to get payment from their clients with debit/credit card, online banking and other popular payment providers.
This usually takes longer period of time to get merchant approval with lots of paperwork. But from now on, Preview Technologies Limited can process all merchant application with our partner The Codero Limited more quickly and efficiently.

Lowest Transaction Fees
We are still working to get it fixed and we will announce the transactions fees and registration pricing later but due to this partnership agreement we can now guarantee the lowest transaction and processing fees for our customers.

All Bangladeshi Popular Payment Method Supported
EasyPayWay, a solutions provided by The Codero Limited has a wide range of popular payment methods including bKash, Rocket, QCash, MCash, DBBL Nexus, Visa, MasterCard, JCB, City Bank, Payza, IFIC Mobile Banking, Discover, FastCash, etc.

 

Dedicated Dashboard With Extended Reporting
EasyPayWay will provide a dedicated dashboard to all of our customers where you can explore all kinds of payment and transaction related activity including, managing transaction, refund processing, withdraw request to bank, etc.

Extensive API Integration & Customization
EasyPayWay will provide a wide range of integration and customization features such as plugins, libraries, SDKs for all of our customers for better integration with existing system that we develop. Though, Preview Technologies Limited will help all of it’s customers to integrate payment gateway with their system that you shouldn’t worry about.

So ultimately, I couldn’t wait to share this extremely exciting news with you. On behalf of Preview Technologies Limited I can ensure a great flexible, efficient, reliable payment gateway solutions for all of our new and existing customers. Also besides expressing this news with all of you, I want to personally thanks to Mr. Riad and Mr. Rana from The Codero Limited team to make this happen and on behalf of our entire Preview Technologies family we hope for a greater future for both of our business in every way we can perform together.

Cheers!

Get OAuth 2.0 access token using Retrofit 2.x

Retrofit is an awesome and easy to use library. You can use Retrofit for any Android or Java application which need to interact with our OAuth2.0 server to get access token.

You just need to build the retrofit properly to get it done. It doesn’t require any advance knowledge. Let’s see how it can be done easily.

To get the access token using Retrofit we need to do –

Add Retrofit in your project via Maven or Gradle. Complete installation guide can be found here.

Now let’s create the Retrofit builder. And before doing that we need to create a service interface.

//AccessTokenServiceInterface.java
import retrofit2.Call;
import retrofit2.http.Field;
import retrofit2.http.FormUrlEncoded;
import retrofit2.http.POST;

public interface AccessTokenServiceInterface {

    @POST("/oauth/v1/access_token")
    @FormUrlEncoded
    Call<TokenResponse> getToken(@Field("client_id") String client_id, @Field("client_secret") String client_secret, @Field("scope") String scope, @Field("grant_type") String grant_type);
}

And now the builder.

//Http.java
import retrofit2.Call;
import retrofit2.Response;
import retrofit2.Retrofit;
import retrofit2.converter.gson.GsonConverterFactory;

import java.io.IOException;

public class Http {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        Retrofit retrofit = new Retrofit.Builder()
                .addConverterFactory(GsonConverterFactory.create())
                .baseUrl("https://myaccount.previewtechs.com")
                .build();

        AccessTokenServiceInterface service = retrofit.create(AccessTokenServiceInterface.class);

        //grant types = client_credentials
        Call<TokenResponse> call = service.getToken("OAUTH CLIENT ID", "OAUTH CLIENT SECRET", "basic email", "client_credentials");
        try {
            Response<TokenResponse> response = call.execute();
            System.out.println(response.body().getAccessToken());
        } catch (IOException e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        }
    }
}

And also we need to map the JSON response from our OAuth 2.0 server. So we need a model to map that. Let’s create TokenResponse.java model class

//TokenResponse.java
import com.google.gson.annotations.Expose;
import com.google.gson.annotations.SerializedName;

public class TokenResponse {

    @SerializedName("token_type")
    @Expose
    private String tokenType;
    @SerializedName("expires_in")
    @Expose
    private Integer expiresIn;
    @SerializedName("access_token")
    @Expose
    private String accessToken;

    public String getTokenType() {
        return tokenType;
    }

    public void setTokenType(String tokenType) {
        this.tokenType = tokenType;
    }

    public Integer getExpiresIn() {
        return expiresIn;
    }

    public void setExpiresIn(Integer expiresIn) {
        this.expiresIn = expiresIn;
    }

    public String getAccessToken() {
        return accessToken;
    }

    public void setAccessToken(String accessToken) {
        this.accessToken = accessToken;
    }

}

Now run Http.main and you will get your access token.

That’s it. Now run the Http.main and you will get the access token easily. Download these scripts from our PreviewTechnologies/access-token-retrofit GitHub repository.

This article also available on our support portal.

cURL vs “file_get_contents()” in Google App Engine – Performance analysis

We all know that to do any kinds of external HTTP request from your PHP application (deployed in Google App Engine a.k.a GAE) we have three options basically. PHP native cURL extension, “cURL Lite” provided by Google and the native http:// and https:// PHP stream handlers.

cURL requires a valid billing profile and only you can enable it in your Google Cloud paid project. And that’s why Google’s custom cURL Lite actually use Google’s urlfetch service that you can use in your application free version.

But recent days, our engineering team was just wondering which can be little bit faster among cURL or cURL Lite or PHP native PHP HTTP handler, in this sense little bit faster meaning we also count even 50ms latency. That’s why I was running some test with a single script hosted on Google App Engine (PHP Standard Runtime environment). We had lots of PHP microservice apps hosted on Google App Engine and all services at a certain time needs to talk each other via HTTP external request. But sometimes, we were aware that latency is killing some communication.

So we just built 2 files basically in PHP. One is using cURL to post some foobar json data to an external URL (postb.in) and another one was using the native http:// and https:// PHP stream handlers. Let’s see what was our experimental scripts look like.

<?php

/**
 * Using CURL
 */

$data = array("foo" => "bar");
$data_string = json_encode($data);

$ch = curl_init('http://postb.in/xxxxxx');
//$ch = curl_init('/post.php');
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST, "POST");
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $data_string);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, array(
        'Content-Type: application/json',
        'Content-Length: ' . strlen($data_string)
    )
);

$result = curl_exec($ch);
<?php

/**
 * php_http_stream.php
 *
 * using cURL lite. It use google's urlfetch service
 */

$url = 'http://postb.in/xxxxxx';
$data = array("foo" => "bar");
$data_string = json_encode($data);

$contentLength = strlen($data_string);

$headers = "accept: */*\r\n" .
    "Content-Type: application/json\r\n" .
    "Content-Length: $contentLength\r\n";

$context = [
    'http' => [
        'method' => 'POST',
        'header' => $headers,
        'content' => $data_string,
    ]
];
$context = stream_context_create($context);
$result = file_get_contents($url, false, $context);

And here is the trace report of those two call.

@0 ms
/php_http_stream.php
Summary
Name			RPCs	Total Duration (ms)
/curl_lite.php		1	450
/urlfetch.Fetch		1	333
Details
Timestamp		xxxx-xx-xx (xx:xx:xx.xxx)
Traced time 		333 ms
Untraced time 		117 ms

http/response/size	25
@0 ms
/curl.php
Summary
Name				RPCs	Total Duration (ms)
/curl.php			1	753
/remote_socket.Close		4	4
/remote_socket.Connect		10	157
/remote_socket.CreateSocket	4	10
/remote_socket.GetSocketOptions	1	1
/remote_socket.Poll		10	469
/remote_socket.Receive		2	2
/remote_socket.Send		2	2
/remote_socket.SetSocketOptions	1	1
Details
Timestamp	2017-xx-xx (xx:xx:xx.xxx)
Traced time 	646 ms
Untraced time 	107 ms

http/response/size		25

So what does it mean to you? It means a lot for me. Obviously cURL Lite is saving me couple milliseconds. And also I don’t need to be afraid of my “socket operation” quota that was used in cURL.

So in this, what should I say? file_get_contents() is more optimized? Of course, I am just talking how it’s performing for little external URL call with Google’s urlfetch service.

So if your application needs to interact with external service with less configuration and options, then I would prefer to use native PHP HTTP stream handler and make all external http call with file_get_contents() function. file_get_contents() use urlfetch service and you don’t need to enable cURL extension in your application.

Changing File Permissions in cPanel

Permissions can be very important when it comes to hosting your website. Permissions can allow our server computer to write and edit your files. Along with that, some files need to be protected from writing and editing, as a security measure. You can change your file permissions in many ways.

Step 1: Open your File Manager and navigate to the file or folder that you need to change.

Step 2: Click on the name of the file or folder.

Step 3: Click on the Change Permissions link in the top menu of the File Manager page.

Step 4: Click on as many check boxes as you require to create the right permission. The permission numbers underneath the check boxes will update automatically.

Step 5: Click on the Change Permissions button when you are ready. The new permission level is saved and the display updated to show the modified file.

Setting up PHP, MySQL, phpmyadmin on mac sierra

Mac OS Sierra comes with PHP, MySQL pre installed isn’t it cool? There are two-label root directory, one is called system label and another is user label. The default system label root is “/Library/WebServer/Documents”. The other user label root is missing by default. In this article we’re going to work with user label root.

PHP installation

Create folder named “Sites” at your root directory. (For those who are newbies) From terminal type “cd” and “sudo mkdir Sites”. To run this user label system make a configuration file under /etc/apache2/users/{your-username}.conf (here in the place of “your-username” type your currently logged in users username) and place the below code in it.

<Directory "/Users/username/Sites/">
AllowOverride All
Options Indexes MultiViews FollowSymLinks
Require all granted
</Directory>

 

permission this file should be “-rw- r– r– 1 root” if not, run this command “sudo chmod 644 {your-username}.conf”

Next open the “/etc/apache2/httpd.conf” file to active some module

✓ LoadModule authz_core_module libexec/apache2/mod_authz_core.so
✓ LoadModule authz_host_module libexec/apache2/mod_authz_host.so
✓ LoadModule userdir_module libexec/apache2/mod_userdir.so
✓ LoadModule include_module libexec/apache2/mod_include.so
✓ LoadModule rewrite_module libexec/apache2/mod_rewrite.so
✓ LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/libphp5.so
✓ Include /private/etc/apache2/extra/httpd-userdir.conf

Then open another apache configuration file at “/etc/apache2/extra/httpd-userdir.conf “ and active module

✓ Include /private/etc/apache2/users/*.conf

Save and restart apache “sudo apachectl restart”

If your are going the web serving document root at “/Library/WebServer/Documents”, its good idea to allow any .htaccess file used to override the default settings. This can be done by editing the “/etc/apache2/httpd.conf” file “AllowOverride All”. Also uncomment the below module

✓ LoadModule rewrite_module libexec/apache2/mod_rewrite.so

To test php running write a php file under /Library/WebServer/Documents and name it according your wish and run through browser “localhost/{your-file- name.php}”

MySQL installation

Download MySQL from MySQL’s native website and install it manually.
The first time after installations a dialog box will popup showing a temporary password, save that carefully for future use. Stop MySQL and start in safe mood and change the given password to yours by running these below commands.

✓ sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server stop
✓ sudo mysqld_safe — skip-grant- tables
✓ mysql -u root
✓ FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
✓ ALTER USER ‘root’@’localhost’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘MyNewPass’;
✓ sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server start

You may be encountering the problem/error “ERROR! MySQL server PID file could not be found!”.

The problem is because the MySQL pid file isn’t in the MySQL configuration file. The default configuration sample file directory is “/usr/local/mysql/support-files/my-default.cnf”

Create a MySQL configuration file copy and pasting from “my-default.cnf tomy.cnf” And the PID file is under the directory “/usr/local/mysql/data/{your-pc-name}.pid”. At the bottom of configuration file write the MySQL pid path like “pid-file = /usr/local/var/mysql/{username}.pid”. look for running MySQL using command “ps -A | grep MySQL” and kill it “sudo kill -15 pidno” if any.
start MySQL “/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql -v -uroot -p” here you will be promoted for password. Type the temporary password given/shown. First change the password “ALTER USER ‘root’@’localhost’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘MyNewPass’;”

To work with MySQL through terminal “/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql -u root –p”

PHPMYADMIN

Download phpmyadmin, from your download directory rename it phpmyadmin and put it under (you created earlier) Sites folder Make a directory under phpmyadmin and name it config “Sudo mkdir ~/Sites/phpmyadmin/config”

Change the permission “chmod o+w ~/Sites/phpmyadmin/config”

Browse http://localhost/~{your-username}/phpmyadmin/setup/

Click on “new server” and then on Authentication tab fill the “password for config auth” with your desired password. Click save and then save. move the file under the config directory to direct phpmyadmin folder (one level up) and remove the config directory.

Browse http://localhost/~username/phpmyadmin/