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Want to become an {EDC} Developer? Take this test

I have been contacted on multiple occasions in recent years about how to become an {EDC} Developer or clinical programmer.

If you are currently working in the industry, the transition should be swift.  But for those working outside the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry, I recommend you take a SAS programming course or data analytics/ visualization course since {EDC} training only is available for those already in the industry and for those sponsored by your employer.  There is no official public training for a specific {EDC} tool. Your company must be a user (Customer) of the tool for you to gain some knowledge.

Here are some examples of custom programs. Test your readiness.

Example 1:

Comparing two (2) strings a and b:

string dbtool=”Rave”;

if (dbtool == “Rave”)

if (dbtool.Equals(“Rave”))

OR how about…

String strA;

String strB;

If (strA == strB)

{

System.console.writeline (“StringA’s value is same as StringB’s value.”);

}

 

Example 2:

Switch case:  to store a value in int x if the value of n is “RAVE”, 2 if y is “INFORM”, 3 if y is “OCRDC”, and 0 otherwise.

switch (n)

{

case “1”:

Console.WriteLine(“You choosed RAVE”);

intVarEDC ==1;  break;

case “2”:

Console.WriteLine(“You choosed INFORM”);

intVarEDC ==2; break;

case “3”:

Console.WriteLine(“You choosed OCRDC”);

intVarEDC==3;  break;

default:

Console.WriteLine(“Invalid selection {0}”, n);

Console.WriteLine(“Please input 1, 2, or 3”);

intVarEDC == 0; break;

}

Example 3: Arrays

Can you guess the output to this program?

public static void printf(params object[] args)

{

for (int i = 0; i < args.Length; i++)

{

Console.WriteLine(“args[{0}] = {1}”, i args[i]);

}

}

public static void Main()

{

printf(“Thank you”, 4, “visiting”, “EDC Developer.”, “Says”);

}

Some tips or best practices when working with Rave Edit checks and custom fuctions:

  • Always put record position 0 in Edit Check Steps and Actions for standard DataPoints
    • Note: In the recent release of Rave, this is mandatory.
  • Use ChangeCount Property wherever possible to execute only for the submitted datapoints.
    • ex: If (dpAETERM != null && dpAETERM.Active && dpAETERM.ChangeCount  > 0)
  • Avoid using “true” parameter in the FetchAllDataPointsForOIDPath for Log forms.
    • Bad example: datapoints dpAE = CustomFunction.FetchAllDataPointsForOIDPath(“AESEV”, “AE”, “AE”, subject, true)
    • Good example: datapoints dpAE = CustomFunction.FetchAllDataPointsForOIDPath(“AESEV”, “AE”, “AE”, subject)

If you wrote similar programs or are comfortable writing these types of programs then you are ready for your next challenge. But if you do not know anything about C sharp programming or {EDC} in general, don’t despair. We are here to help.

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Back to the 80’s – Timeless

We all remember the time when the movie ‘Back to the Future’ was popular.  The movie was about a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean “time machine” invented by a slightly mad scientist.

That’s how I wish I could turn back time and go back to the 80’s. Of course, there is no time-machine available but If I could, I will go to every Cyndi Lauper concert imaginable.

Instead, in the last few months, I started to re-visit those years.

I acquired this new Turntable to play my favorite albums.

Victrola Turntable
Victrola Turntable

I have now started my collection of 80’s albums and proud to buy all Cyndi’s Lauper records. I have acquired some interesting LPs (33’s and 45’s) that I never had before. I remember the records I bought back in the ’80s cost me $15 dollars and for a teenager in the ’80s, that was a lot of money to spend on a record.

Here I was playing the drums with my Rock n’ Roll band from high school. On the background, I am wearing a hand-made T-shirt of Cyndi’s Lauper face.

I wish I could go "back in time" to when Cyndi first performed in the 83s.

Cyndi Lauper voice is absolutely timeless. What a beautiful and talented woman.

The ’80s was a phenomenal time to be young. There will never be a wonderful decade like it again.

I remember watching this ‘eccentric’ woman, dressed up with colorful clothing and colorful hair and I just wanted to be like her.  As her first LP record, “She’s so Unusual”,  she was a female vocalist/singer with a first debut album to achieve four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

Thank you for all your wonderful music and thank you for bringing so much happiness and happy memories into my life. We love you…

Website: https://cyndilauper.com/

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Faded – Where are you now?

Ik hou van je en ik mis je heel erg

My favorite voice performance…

Baby I’m wasted All I wanna do is drive home to you -Faded lyrics ZHU

Where are you now
Where are you now
Where are you now
Was it all in my fantasy
Where are you now
Were you only imaginary
Where are you now
Atlantis
Under the sea
Under the sea
Where are you now
Another dream
The monsters running wild inside of me
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She’s so Unusual – Cyndi Lauper Tribute

Enjoy the music…and the videos…greatest female singer I’ve had the good luck to listen to…

Live Versions of “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” & “Time After Time”.

Live versions of “She Bop” & “All Through The Night”.

Cyndi Lauper as guest VJ on MTV (1984)

Cyndi Lauper en Chile – I have to say, the Chileneans love Cyndi Lauper…

Cyndi Lauper and Friends…

Funny moments with Cyndi…

Blue Angel with Cyndi Lauper… I’m gonna be strong

Blue Angel with Cyndi Lauper…Maybe He’ll know

Patti Labelle with Cyndi Lauper

Kinky Boots on Sixty Minutes

All Through the Night

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I had a love

Heartaches by the number…Cyndi Lauper

Heartache number one was when you left me
I never knew that I could hurt this way
And heartache number two was when you came back again
Oh, you came back, but never meant to stay
And now I got heartaches by the numbers
Troubles by the score Every day you love me less
Each day I love you more Yes, I got heartaches by the numbers
A love that I can’t win But the day that I stop counting
Is the day my world will end Heartache number three was when you called me
And said that you were coming home to stay
With hoping heart I waited for your knock at the door I waited but you must’ve lost your way
And now I got heartaches by the numbers
Troubles by the score Every day you love me less
Each day I love you more Yes, I got heartaches by the numbers  A love that I can’t win
But the day that I stop counting Is the day my world will end
Oh, the day that I stop counting Is the day my world will end

My first night without you – Cyndi Lauper

I got a hole in my heart…

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The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough…is good enough for me (Cyndi Lauper Tribute)

I recently took a backseat trip to memory lane and found this – My all-time favourite singer, Cyndi Lauper. It gives me goosebumps: her music, videos and voice. Just an all-around talent and I am glad I was alive to see her.

Then one day, my best friend called me up and said Cyndi was in New Jersey performing at a local nightclub. I skipped college class that day and drove to see her.

Credit: Cyndi Lauper – The Goonies R Good Enough [Live In Paris]

The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough – Cyndi Lauper

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Priceless…

I was always yours but you were never mine
I handed you my heart at first sight.
Anyway, I have no regret. Honestly, I feel fine and I could not have it any other way.

Unconditional love is priceless – Anayansi

Getting a new White Westie puppy – 399 to 1000 euros

Traveling cost with the Westies – 70 – 400 euros

Medical veterinary expenses – up to 4000 euros

Dog food – 80 euros every two weeks

Seeing the face of my Westies when you come home and how happy and excited they are to see you…Priceless!

 “The greatest gift you can give someone is your time because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back.” Anonymous

Video: Cyndi Lauper – Cyndi Lauper – 1985 When You Were Mine (Live at American Music Award)

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Un-Break My Heart

A tribute to one of my favorite singers ….

And who didn’t dance to this song? I can still remember the old good days.

This is my absolute favorite remix of this song.

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