Despite the growing interest in these principles among developers, there exists a myriad of misinformation and misconceptions. Neglecting this approach may lead to unsatisfactory performance and loss of customer satisfaction, considering the highly competitive industry.

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KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) — The full-form and the fundamental idea behind the KISS principle in software development. Although this principle applies to any aspect of designing, it has great significance when it comes to developing software that is easy to understand and use by the developers and end-users alike.

Why You Should KISS?

Nobody in programming loves to debug, maintain, or make changes in complex code. So Keep It Simple & Clean.

First, it doesn’t mean ‘easy’, although applying these principles ultimately leads to ease of access. Simple doesn’t refer to that which is easily doable. Second, implementing simpler codes (or following KISS principles) doesn’t imply that the developers can’t write complex code. Simplicity doesn’t mean that the developer shies away from including necessary complexities. The idea is to make the application ‘as simple as possible’ while including all the functionalities that its purpose demands.

Some Ways To Achieve KISS While Developing

  1. Avoid Global Functions or Elements
  2. Avoid Abstractions and Dependencies
  3. Avoid Dead Code
  4. Avoid Flaunting


By emphasizing simpler coding and less interconnected parts, the KISS principle represents that a less is more mindset. This is a matter of habit and must be achieved over time, both by the individual developer and the business as a whole. Leaving aside the prejudices plaguing this field, it’s high time that the software development industry, as a whole, educates itself and embraces the idea of keeping it simple. The result would be a win-win situation, beneficial to developers, businesses, and end-users.