Grant McClean has made the popular XML::Simple even simpler. From the XML::Simpler documentation :
T he data structures returned by XMLin() have been vastly simplified. All hashrefs and arrayrefs have been eliminated, and instead the contents of the XML file are represented using a single scalar value which perfectly preserves the fidelity of the original document. In fact the format of this data structure is so intuitive that new users will be able to work with it immediately without reading the documentation.
Former URL: http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2002/04/01.html#a162