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

Since the topic is code, I'd suggest efficiency, readability, or brevity, along with the previously mentioned clarity and simplicity.


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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