This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
I know of no reason to go outside the standard Java 1.4 or 1.5 libraries to find a parser if you are operating in a typical PC or server environment. If you have to program for a restricted memory device (ie in J2ME) there are specialized very compact parsers. Bill