Short Version: How do I download my checking account info from my bank programmatically?
I'm a computer programmer (VB and ASP mostly).
I have several bank accounts. They all have web pages where I can manually download my monthly transactions (checking account activity, etc....). The problem is that I often get so busy, I forget to download the information for months and when it comes time to do my taxes, I've lost the data (most of these banks keep only three or four months of information).
I've contacted the banks' technical help people but they do not know or do not want me to know how to automatically download my bank account information programmatically.
I have heard that "Intuit Quicken" and "Microsoft Money" can perform these automated downloads; however, I do NOT want to use these third-party software. I want to write my own code to handle my financial data.
QUESTION: How does "Quicken" automatically access my banking information when my bank won't or can't even tell me?
I'm getting desperate enough to automatically fill out the web page information everytime - which would be a very clunky workaround.
There are zero points for the answer: "Just use 'Quicken' software".
Your help is appreciated.