I need to be able to tie into the bitcoin network "programmatically." No, I don't need, or want, to use the bitcoin client. I guess perhaps I need to embed client functionality (or a part of it) into my own software, and or write my own code to achieve the same effect.
I guess what I need is the ability for people to be able to transfer bitcoins in and out of accounts which my software will provide for them.
I HAVE tried to find this information on my own. I've come across a plethora of FAQs and Getting Starteds and blah blah. But I've found nothing which provides the info I need. I guess I need some sort of a "programmer's guide to bitcoin."
If anyone can point me to a resource or resources on this, I'd be most appreciative.
More than one way to do it but the bitcoin client comes with a daemon called bitcoind. Using RPC calls you can have the bitcoind do anything the client can do (and some things it can't).