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XML as 'destop database'??

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I'm building a small app that requires some database-like data storage but that is nowhere near needing an actual database. I'm thinking that XML is a good fit here - I'd like to build an object model, populate it from an XML file, manipulate it while the app is running and then re-persist my data back to an XML file before closing - I'm looking to XML to simplify (and hopefully completely remove!) the need for worrying about _how_ the data is put into and gotten out of the text file - parsing sucks. I need some basic searching capabilities (I know that DOM has some functionality like this) so that I could find 'employee x' based on salary, department, whatever and then insert, update, delete, etc much like I would with SQL. (In fact, I'd like to use Swing models that I could easily exchange with database-based models if/when the day comes...) Is DOM my answer? SAX? Some other object model? I'd rather use something good that exists than build something from scratch.
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