XML::Simple provides a simple (who’d have guessed?) binding to—so far—the DOM and Pull API of libxml2. Jürgen Mangler wrote the biggest part, I threw in a fair part of the Pull API and lots of design issues. And the Pull API rocks. :-) It’s almost 6 times faster than the Ruby/DL binding (and hasn’t yet crashed onto me ;-)).
Even more scary, there has been a new release every day so far. ;-)
NP: Tom Waits—I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love With You