Chance Garcia's Blog: Auth/ACL implementation strategies
In this new post to his blog talks about authentication strategies in Zend Framework applications with the combination of Zend_Acl and Zend_Auth.
I'm going to talk more about ACLs than Auth. Auth is simple, it's the ACL that will trip you up. Since both concepts are coupled together when you're making a login system, I feel it's appropriate to at least touch on Auth. What I want to cover is the ways we can create the ACL object to suit needs based on the scale of the project. I'm going to assume that readers have a passing familiarity with using the Auth and Acl objects and may have even implemented them into projects.
He talks about two things you'd need to consider - scalability (how to define your ACLS: hardcoded, in the navigation object and defined in a database) and working with ACLs in multiple projects.