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So something that is like "straightforwardness". I remember using it in essays years ago but now it's completely out of my mind and it's driving me crazy! The sentence I want to use it in is as follows: "Error handling was kept to a minimum as straightforwardness was given priority".

So its a word that means "keeping things simple" as a noun.

  • Simply simplicity? – Thomas Francois May 18 '16 at 13:34
  • "elegance", in the engineering sense? Defns C & D here: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elegance – Max Williams May 18 '16 at 13:34
  • Evidentness, obviousness, simplicity, triviality? – MorganFR May 18 '16 at 13:37
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    For the sake of clarity when showing the main purpose of the code, a programming example might leave out error-handling. – TRomano May 18 '16 at 13:38
  • Error handling was kept to a minimum as I wanted clean code. – k1eran May 18 '16 at 13:41
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Since the topic is code, I'd suggest efficiency, readability, or brevity, along with the previously mentioned clarity and simplicity.

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Depends on who your audience is.

If it's meant for software developers:

Error handling code was kept to a minimum by following the KISS principle.

I've added "code" since you're not saying simplicity reduces the actual number of errors.

If it's meant for managers who have political science degrees:

Error handling code was kept to a minimum following best practices that encourage simplicity.

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