How do I get access to the latest Bitcoin/Altcoin difficulties from the original "source/network"? I want to develop a C#/.NET application that collect this information.
I know that there are web sites that provide information about Bitcoin and Altcoin difficulty. Coinchoose and Coinwarz provides JSON APIs for example. There are also blockexporers like http://blockexplorer.com/q/nethash/2016 that could give me the current Bitcoin difficulty.
The problem with Coinchoose and Coinwarz is that they are not complete, not fully real-time and Coinwarz cost money in addition to that. The block explorer above is for Bitcoin only. Are there block explorers for all AltCoins as well? And are they all providing different API's?
There must be some "original source", like the mining network or similar, where you can connect and get this information in real-time? Or is that also completely different for each coin? I understand that each coin has its own mining network, but are they different except having different IP-addresses for example?
So the question is basically how do I get access to real-time coin difficulty information for Bitcoins and all other coins - not from an existing web site, but more on the API / programming level?