You are so correct. Strunk and White holds a key place in my house. I originally went into college to get a degree in CS and came out with a degree in technical journalism, only getting back to my first love of programming about 10 years ago. The trick isn't so much doing the writing, but making it readable.
With so much code being done around the world by folks who have the programming chops (hopefully) but speak English as a second language, all too often it's very difficult to understand what was meant vs. what was written. Spelling errors, grammatical errors, and so on are very context-specific. Even with a few spelling errors, if the message is clear, that's 90% of the battle.
Omitting needless words is important to clear expression, but in most cases it's even more mundane than that.
SVO. Subject verb object. The structure of the basic sentence boiled down to its basic parts of speech. If more people understood this simple formula for writing a sentence, we'd be so much better off.
Thanks for a thought provoking post!