In this episode, Richard Minerich tells why the language developers use can have a huge impact on their productivity. New high level languages, like F# (one of Richard's favourite languages), free engineers from much of the traditional drudgery leading to faster development cycles and better quality.
You can read more of Richard's ideas here: http://www.atalasoft.com/cs/blogs/RickM/
NOTE: Practical Software is the official podcast for the Software Engineering Productivity group on Linked:In. You can listen to other episodes of Practical Software.