4D Payments SDK 2016 .NET Edition
4D Payments SDK 2016 .NET Edition
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PTechGiftCard Component

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The PTechGiftCard component is used to manipulate funds on Stored Value (Gift) Cards with the Paymentech NetConnect system on the Tampa platform. This component supports card-present gift card transactions, and allows for simple, direct, secure communication to the Paymentech TLS/SSL gateway through a standard Internet connection. This component can be integrated into web pages or stand- alone Point Of Sale applications. Because all TLS/SSL communications are handled inside the component, any application or web page can be deployed without the need for expensive dedicated TLS/SSL servers.




A Stored Value Card (or Gift Card as they are commonly called) is a not actually a type of credit or debit card. Simply put, a Stored Value Card is a card with a magnetic strip on the back that holds information about monies that have been "pre-paid" into an account for the purpose of making financial transactions. Examples include a retailer's gift card, a prepaid telephone card, a college campus meal plan card, a reloadable subway pass, etcetera. Not included are government income-support cards, otherwise known as EBT cards or electronic food stamps.

There just a few steps to setting up the component and sending transactions. First, set the MerchantNumber, TerminalNumber, ClientNumber, UserId, and Password with the information given to you when you signed up for Paymentech service. You should also set your PINCapability and CashRegisterId at this time.

After the merchant information is setup, you may enter transaction data. When the EntryDataSource is Manually Entered, the merchant should fill the Number, ExpMonth, and ExpYear fields. Otherwise, you should fill the MagneticStripe field with the Track 2 data read from the back of the card, and set EntryDataSource to Track2. These are the only two Entry Data Sources supported for Stored Value (Gift) Cards.

Now you must choose what transaction you wish to make. Adding Value to a card, Redeeming a card, voiding a previous transaction, or retrieving the card's current balance.

To add funds to an existing Gift Card, simply set the TransactionAmount with the amount to add to the card, and then call AddValue. Activating a new gift card is handled the same way. If the card indicated by MagneticStripe (or Number) has not yet been activated, calling AddValue will automatically activate it with the amount indicated by TransactionAmount.

To redeem funds from a Gift Card due to a customer purchase, set TransactionAmount to the total for the purchase and call RedeemCard. If the Gift Card account contains enough funds, Code will indicate the card was approved. If there are not enough funds available on the card to cover the TransactionAmount, normally the transaction will be declined. However, the merchant may set PartialRedemption to True. This allows the customer to split the cost of the purchase between the Gift Card and another form of payment. Instead of declining the Gift Card, AuthorizedAmount will contain the amount deducted from the Gift Card. The merchant may subtract that from TransactionAmount to determine the difference to charge the customer.

Finally, you may inquire as to the total funds contained on the card by calling BalanceInquiry. This will not effect the amount of funds contained on the card in any way.

The status of any of the above transactions will be stored in the Code field, with human-readable text appearing in Text. Like the PTechCharge component, there are several other Response fields which will contain data that should be logged. However, there are a few new fields specific to the PTechGiftCard component: Balance will be returned after all transactions except VoidTransaction, and will contain the current balance of the Gift Card. PreviousBalance will indicate the balance BEFORE the last transaction went through. The Trace field is used for tracking after the sale, and must be printed on every customer receipt.

Gift Card transactions are instant funds transfers. There is no block placed on the debit card, funds are immediately removed and sent to the merchant. Therefore, only the Host Capture settlement mode is supported. At the end of the day you should release the current batch using the PTechHostSettle component (the batch may contain other authorizations that were made using different components from this product. See the documentation for the other components you are using for more information).

Property List

The following is the full list of the properties of the component with short descriptions. Click on the links for further details.

CardContains the customer's credit card information.
CashOutIndicatorIndicates to the host that the customer wants the remainder of the card's value returned as cash.
CashRegisterIdCash Register transaction identifier.
ClientNumberMerchant configuration property, assigned by Paymentech.
DuplicateCheckingIndicates whether duplicate checking is enabled.
EmployeeNumberIdentifies the employee making this transaction.
IndustryTypeDetermines the merchant's industry type.
InvoiceNumberMerchant-generated invoice number.
MerchantNumberA unique number used to identify the merchant, assigned by Paymentech.
PartialRedemptionPartial Redemption indicator.
PasswordPassword for authentication with the NetConnect Server .
PINCapabilityIndicates if the terminal device supports a PIN pad.
ProxyA set of properties related to proxy access.
ResponseContains the response to the authorization.
SequenceNumberSequence number of the transaction.
ServerThe URL for the PaymenTech NetConnect server.
SSLAcceptServerCertInstructs the component to unconditionally accept the server certificate that matches the supplied certificate.
SSLCertThe certificate to be used during SSL negotiation.
SSLServerCertThe server certificate for the last established connection.
TerminalNumberTerminal number assigned by Paymentech.
TimeoutA timeout for the component.
TransactionAmountPurchase amount for an authorization.
UserIdUserId for authentication with the NetConnect Server .

Method List

The following is the full list of the methods of the component with short descriptions. Click on the links for further details.

ActivateCardActivates a Gift Card.
AddValueActivates and/or adds funds to a Gift Card.
BalanceInquiryRetrieves the balance remaining on a gift card.
ConfigSets or retrieves a configuration setting .
DeactivateCardDeactivates a gift card.
InterruptInterrupt the current method.
ReactivateCardRe-activates Gift Card that has been previously deactivated.
RedeemCardDeducts funds from a gift card for the purchase of goods or services.
ResetClears all properties to their default values.
VoidTransactionVoids a transaction in the current batch.

Event List

The following is the full list of the events fired by the component with short descriptions. Click on the links for further details.

DataPacketInFired when receiving a data packet from the transaction server.
DataPacketOutFired when sending a data packet to the transaction server.
ErrorInformation about errors during data delivery.
SSLServerAuthenticationFired after the server presents its certificate to the client.
SSLStatusShows the progress of the secure connection.

Configuration Settings

The following is a list of configuration settings for the component with short descriptions. Click on the links for further details.

AllowPartialAuthsIndicates whether partial authorizations are to be supported.
DiscoverProcessingCodeReturns the type of Authorization request that was submitted to Discover.
DiscoverSystemTraceAuditNumberReturns the value assigned by the host/merhant to assist in identifying a specific transaction.
DiscoverPOSEntryModeReturns the method by which the primary account number was entered at the POS.
DiscoverPINCapababilityIndicates if the POS is capable of supporting a PIN.
DiscoverTrackDataConditionReturns condition of the track data.
DiscoverAuthAmountReturns the amount authorized for the transaction.
RequestBalanceInfoSpecifies whether to request balance information.
VoiceAuthCodeWhen VoiceAuthCode contains a value, the component will send a Force transaction to the Paymentech system.
CustomerDefinedDataAdditional transaction identification data.
VendorIDHardware/Vendor Identifier.
SoftwareIDSoftware Identifier.
HardwareSerialNumHardware Serial Number.
HostProcessingTypesHost Processing Platform.
SystemInformationSystem Information field for Batch Inquiry and Release transactions.
SettlementModeIndicates whether the component uses Paymentech's Host Capture or Terminal Capture system.
ResponsePOSRetrievalNumberPOS Retrieval Number sent in the request, echoed back in the response.
AcceptEncodingUsed to tell the server which types of content encodings the client supports.
AllowHTTPCompressionThis property enables HTTP compression for receiving data.
AllowHTTPFallbackWhether HTTP/2 connections are permitted to fallback to HTTP/1.1.
AppendWhether to append data to LocalFile.
AuthorizationThe Authorization string to be sent to the server.
BytesTransferredContains the number of bytes transferred in the response data.
EncodeURLIf set to true the URL will be encoded by the component.
FollowRedirectsDetermines what happens when the server issues a redirect.
GetOn302RedirectIf set to true the component will perform a GET on the new location.
HTTPVersionThe version of HTTP used by the component.
IfModifiedSinceA date determining the maximum age of the desired document.
KeepAliveDetermines whether the HTTP connection is closed after completion of the request.
LogLevelThe level of detail that is logged.
MaxRedirectAttemptsLimits the number of redirects that are followed in a request.
NegotiatedHTTPVersionThe negotiated HTTP version.
OtherHeadersOther headers as determined by the user (optional).
ProxyAuthorizationThe authorization string to be sent to the proxy server.
ProxyAuthSchemeThe authorization scheme to be used for the proxy.
ProxyPasswordA password if authentication is to be used for the proxy.
ProxyPortPort for the proxy server (default 80).
ProxyServerName or IP address of a proxy server (optional).
ProxyUserA user name if authentication is to be used for the proxy.
TransferredDataThe contents of the last response from the server.
TransferredDataLimitThe maximum number of incoming bytes to be stored by the component.
TransferredHeadersThe full set of headers as received from the server.
UseChunkedEncodingEnables or Disables HTTP chunked encoding for transfers.
ChunkSizeSpecifies the chunk size in bytes when using chunked encoding.
UserAgentInformation about the user agent (browser).
KerberosSPNThe Service Principal Name for the Kerberos Domain Controller.
ConnectionTimeoutSets a separate timeout value for establishing a connection.
FirewallAutoDetectTells the component whether or not to automatically detect and use firewall system settings, if available.
FirewallHostName or IP address of firewall (optional).
FirewallPasswordPassword to be used if authentication is to be used when connecting through the firewall.
FirewallPortThe TCP port for the FirewallHost;.
FirewallTypeDetermines the type of firewall to connect through.
FirewallUserA user name if authentication is to be used connecting through a firewall.
KeepAliveTimeThe inactivity time in milliseconds before a TCP keep-alive packet is sent.
KeepAliveIntervalThe retry interval, in milliseconds, to be used when a TCP keep-alive packet is sent and no response is received.
LingerWhen set to True, connections are terminated gracefully.
LingerTimeTime in seconds to have the connection linger.
LocalHostThe name of the local host through which connections are initiated or accepted.
LocalPortThe port in the local host where the component binds.
MaxLineLengthThe maximum amount of data to accumulate when no EOL is found.
MaxTransferRateThe transfer rate limit in bytes per second.
ProxyExceptionsListA semicolon separated list of hosts and IPs to bypass when using a proxy.
TCPKeepAliveDetermines whether or not the keep alive socket option is enabled.
UseIPv6Whether to use IPv6.
TcpNoDelayWhether or not to delay when sending packets.
CACertFilePathsThe paths to CA certificate files when using Mono on Unix/Linux.
ReuseSSLSessionDetermines if the SSL session is reused.
SSLCipherStrengthThe minimum cipher strength used for bulk encryption.
SSLEnabledProtocolsUsed to enable/disable the supported security protocols.
SSLIncludeCertChainWhether the entire certificate chain is included in the SSLServerAuthentication event.
SSLProviderThe name of the security provider to use.
SSLSecurityFlagsFlags that control certificate verification.
SSLEnabledCipherSuitesThe cipher suite to be used in an SSL negotiation.
TLS12SignatureAlgorithmsDefines the allowed TLS 1.2 signature algorithms when UseInternalSecurityAPI is True.
OpenSSLCADirThe path to a directory containing CA certificates.
OpenSSLCAFileName of the file containing the list of CA's trusted by your application.
OpenSSLCipherListA string that controls the ciphers to be used by SSL.
OpenSSLPrngSeedDataThe data to seed the pseudo random number generator (PRNG).
AbsoluteTimeoutDetermines whether timeouts are inactivity timeouts or absolute timeouts.
FirewallDataUsed to send extra data to the firewall.
InBufferSizeThe size in bytes of the incoming queue of the socket.
OutBufferSizeThe size in bytes of the outgoing queue of the socket.
CodePageThe system code page used for Unicode to Multibyte translations.

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