Most software components only give lip service to easy integration, but here is how you can create an example project to manipulate XML in minutes.
This is a screencast demonstrating how you can create a C++ project using the C++ XML parser CMarkup. It takes a minute to download and add CMarkup to your project. In a couple of minutes you'll be extracting information from an XML file. The video shows an example file in firstobject's free high performance XML Editor.
Give CMarkup a try and let me know how it goes. And don't forget to check out the articles and free C++ XML resources on this site.