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Spring Security 3 by Peter Mularien

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Considerations for a typical ACL deployment

Actually deploying Spring ACL in a true business application tends to be quite involved. We wrap up coverage of Spring ACL with some considerations that arise in most Spring ACL implementation scenarios.

About ACL scalability and performance modelling

For small and medium-sized applications, the addition of ACLs is quite manageable and, while it adds overhead to database storage and runtime performance, the impact is not likely to be significant. However, depending on the granularity with which ACLs and ACEs are modeled, the numbers of database rows in a medium-to large-sized application can be truly staggering, and can task even the most seasoned database administrator.

Let's assume we were to extend ACLs ...

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