This HowTo assumes that you have a smattering of ACL in general and of how the acl-extension works basically. It will introduce you into the abstract and give you a hint on how to use Business-Rules. If you have in-depth questions, please refer to the extension documentation.
Using ACL in an RBAC-manner cannot and should never obscure the fact that the underlying system is still ACL-based. In fact, the Business-Rules are just another layer in the permission-check plan.
Yii makes it really easy for all to use their already made objects that automate everything we do. It provides also great power of flexibility and styling but hey, we programmers tend to complicate our lives and push a little more the power of our tools.
In SQL, wildcard characters can be used in "LIKE" expressions; the percent sign (%) matches zero or more characters, and underscore (_) a single character. Sometimes users are not familiar with these or they are using different ones like (*) and (+) similar to regular expressions. My colleages do so and then i decided to add this feature by extending CbCriteria. Especially adding a new parameter $wildcard_chars to the method addSearchCondition to replace them if needed with standard SQL characters: