In-App Purchase Sample - My Kitchen

Here is an example of use of In-App Purchase in a GeneXus-generated Smart Device application using the StoreAPI external object (X Evolution 3).

It is a simple case of what we call "One-time-service" product, which means that a product is purchased only once and then it becomes available to the user in every device. It is also known as "Non-consumable" product in iOS Store Kit Framework and "In-App unmanaged" product in Android In-App Billing Service.

We have an application which provides different types of Food Recipes. There are some public recipes available to all users for free and we will include the possibility to buy new groups of recipes. After being purchased, the recipes in these groups will always be available to the user. In addition, new recipe groups available for purchase can be added, modified or deleted anytime.

One important thing to have in mind in this case is that we need to store information about the purchases and products in our application; in this case:

  • Each recipe will have an associated Product Identifier  to know which store product has to be purchased in order to have the recipe available. We will also use a "General" value to indicate public recipes.
  • After a purchase is completed, we will store the relation "User Id - Product Purchased". This information is checked before loading the list of recipes, to include all the purchased ones.
  • We will also maintain a database table with information about Available Products. This table will be used to list the products available for purchase (listing those that haven't purchased yet) and mainly is included to be able to add new recipe groups for purchase anytime.

How do we implement this functionality?

  • Before you start developing in GeneXus, configure the application In-App Purchases on the platform store. iOS configuration details here.
     
  • First of all, define all the required transactions, Recipes, PurchasesInfo and AvailableProducts.

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Note: The procedure RecipePurchased checks if the recipe is public ("General") or if the user has purchased the associated product.

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Note: The procedure ProductPurchased checksif the product has been previously purchased by the user.

  • Then, our database must have a Product Identifier associated which each recipe. We will use the value "General" to indicate the public recipes, which will be available the first time we enter the application. The Product Identifier is a string value with one of the ProductIDs defined for the application In-App Purchases in the platform store.

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  • In addition, we need to fill the Available Products table with the products available for purchase. These values can be later modified, to offer new recipe groups for purchase. Remeber that the associated Product Identifier has to be previously configured in the platform store.
  • Then we need to set a filter for the Recipes List in the WorkWithDevicesRecipes pattern instance. We just include the condition RecipePurchased = true. In the first execution, when no purchases have been performed, only the public ("General") recipes will be displayed.

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  • Then we select the "Get More Recipes" action and we will see a panel where all the non-purchased available products are displayed. Each one has a "Get Recipes" action to perform the purchase. Let's buy the Meat Recipes group !!

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  • After the purchase is successfully completed, we need to store the User-Product information in the PurchasesInfo table to make the recipes group available to the user in the future. Finally, from now on, when we list the recipes, we will also see the new purchased recipes. In the products available for purchase, the already purchased group is no longer displayed.

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Other options for the sample

  1. In the previous sample, the interaction with the platform In-App Purchase store was minimized. For example, you can use IsEnabled method of StoreAPI external object (X Evolution 3) to check if a product has been purchased by a user. On the other hand, managing this information in your application gives more flexibility, allowing you to check purchases by GAM Users, Device Id or any other entity.
  2. Since we are managing all the information about users, products and purchases in the application database, we are able to simulate a subscription scenario. We can add a PurchaseExpiration date attribute in the PurchasesInfo table, and when checking if a user has purchased a product we just check that the PurchaseExpiration date is still valid.

See Also

In-App Purchase Sample - Classified Ads