Just some food for thought…or my need for speed ;).
I found this comparison between all the different xml parsers:
The results: Jaxon is the slowest out of the bunch. I’‘ve probably invoked the Jaxon deities into a flamewar, but I’'m just paraphrasing when is already stated in the above link.
Curious why JDOM wasn’'t in the mix, I jump to their FAQ and found this entry: http://www.jdom.org/docs/faq.html#a0160.
Hmmm…perhaps it wouldn’‘t hurt to re-evaluate the use of jdom and favor it’'s uglier siblings.