Without using a library, you're simply going to have to do it yourself.
Frankly, you need to start by thinking rather than coding. You can read the xml file easily. Open it, read in data. But that just gets you a lot of strings. How do you intend to organise what you read?
The thing about xml is that each tag doesn't have to be on a separate line - an entire file can be one line. You have to parse it directly. You can either do this yourself, or use a library such as xerxes. I have done it both ways. Generally, for really high speed or high volume needs, I roll my own parser and generic structures to model the xml found.
I am working creating a fully encapsulated, homogeneous singly linked data structure. The Listing class and SinglyLinkedList class that are part of the whole application compile fine, but the problem ...