public interface ObjectIdentity extends Serializable
As implementations of ObjectIdentity are used as the key to represent domain objects in the ACL subsystem, it is essential that implementations provide methods so that object-equality rather than reference-equality can be relied upon reliably. In other words, the ACL subsystem can consider two ObjectIdentitys equal if identity1.equals(identity2), rather than reference-equality of identity1==identity2.
boolean equals(Object obj)
Because ACLs are largely immutable, it is strongly recommended to use a synthetic identifier (such as a database sequence number for the primary key). Do not use an identifier with business meaning, as that business meaning may change in the future such change will cascade to the ACL subsystem data.