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In GSL, why do some functions take a “workspace” argument?

In certain functions in GSL (GNU Scientific Library), some functions take a "workspace" environment as an argument. For example, gsl_poly_dd_taylor from this page. Why? Wouldn't it be easier for ...
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Is there a standard for machine-readable descriptions of RESTful services?

I've interacted with a few RESTful APIs that provided excellent documentation for humans and descriptive URIs, but none of them seem to return machine-readable descriptions of themselves. It's not ...
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What is the rationale behind Apache Jena's *everything is an interface if possible* design philosophy?

If you are familiar with the Java RDF and OWL engine Jena, then you have run across their philosophy that everything should be specified as an interface when possible. This means that a Resource, ...