This week's book giveaway is in the Mac OS forum. We're giving away four copies of a choice of "Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite" or "Take Control of Automating Your Mac" and have Joe Kissell on-line! See this thread for details.
If you are using Oracle, you should check out the java/xml tools available for download on the Oracle Technology Network, specifically the java xdk. You may need to register first, but after you do, you can follow this link: http://otn.oracle.com/software/tech/xml/xdk_java/content.html Other db vendors probably offer similar java api's.