North County Study Group Prerequisites

As our study group has become more and more settled in, we have come up with some software and configurations that are standard for the group. The list here should help you set up that software and get you prepared for the meetup. If you have any trouble with the software, don’t worry, we’ll be glad to help you get everything figured out at the meetup. All the software listed below is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.


Please bring in a laptop with WiFi that you have permission to install the software listed below on.


Vagrant: We use this to set up and build quick development environments.

Git: This is our VCS of choice and is required to access packages that we are developing and sharing.

Composer: Package Management for PHP. Composer is required to install all the elements that we rely on which we won’t be writing ourselves.

Homestead: The Laravel Framework development environment. Our current focus includes a lot of Laravel study and instruction, and as such, Homestead is an invaluable resource for quick environments.

The IDE of your choice: We recommend PHPStorm, but if you need a free solution you can grab NetBeans or Eclipse.


We have a great group so far and would love to see new faces. Remember, if you have any problem installing these components, DO NOT WORRY, we are here to help you.

Job Opening:

Position: Unix/FreeBSD System Administrator
Company: Iconic Industry, Inc.


Location: Downtown San Diego, CA, 92101
Salary: $50,000-$70,000 DOE + Performance Bonuses

Are you looking to join one of the fastest growing, local tech companies?

Do you want to be challenged and rewarded for the projects you work on?

Do you want to work at a company where management lives and breathes technology?  (Two of the founders served on the FreeBSD documentation team!)

If you said yes to the questions above, then we want to hear from you!  Iconic Industry is a well funded, quickly growing digital marketing company headquartered in downtown San Diego.

We are looking for an experienced Unix system administrator to manage our high availability web cluster, consisting of 30 servers (and growing) spread across a local datacenter and Amazon AWS.

The ideal candidate should have intermediate to expert level expertise in the following:

    • FreeBSD/Linux/Unix Administration (FreeBSD preferred)
    • Managing a high availability web cluster (500+ hits/sec)
    • Content Delivery Networks – CloudFront
    • Datacenter environment
    • Rackmount servers
    • Amazon AWS – EC2, S3, Route53, CloudFront
    • MySQL – clustering, replication, basic database design
    • Apache – load balancing, reverse proxy
    • Nginx
    • NFS
    • DNS – bind, Route53
    • Asterisk
    • Software firewalls
    • Networking
    • Intermediate PHP/SQL – ability to help with software development


- Bachelors in a related major or equivalent experience

We offer a competitive benefits package, including: paid holidays, paid time off, sick leave, medical/vision/dental/life insurance, 401k with company match, fully stocked kitchen, and catered lunches.

Please email a cover letter and resume to Chern to apply.

HOTELbeat: Job Opening

Who & What Is HOTELbeat?
Our 4-year-old company was started by a distributed group of entrepreneurs with a background in technology, finance & hospitality. We’ve built a business around a web-based operational efficiencies SaaS platform in the hospitality space. Our software enables hotels to gain insight into their operations from any Internet connected device (phones, tablet, PCs) using our simple, intuitive interface. Based on the collected information we provide detailed information about the hotels that couldn’t easily be discerned otherwise. Picture a Google Analytics for hotel operations. Find more details here:

Who We’re Looking For?
HOTELbeat is looking for a motivated, energetic PHP programmer located on the US West coast, preferably in San Diego. You are a LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) developer with experience ranging from the junior to senior level. You must have experience in both procedural and object-oriented PHP programming, HTML/CSS/JavaScript(jQuery), MySQL and Apache on Linux. You are self-motivated, have excellent communication skills and are comfortable multi-tasking several projects. Most importantly you are driven to learn and grow with our small but energized team. Your responsibilities would include the ongoing co-development, maintenance and peripheral services of

Technical Requirements

  • 3+ Recent years of programming for the web.
  • Understanding of the full LAMP stack and how they work together
  • Both procedural and object-oriented PHP
  • VPS / Horizontal scalability
  • Proficient CSS skills
  • Proficient MySQL database programming skills
  • Understand how to use GIT / GITHub
  • Javascript / jQuery
  • Bootstrap
  • Photoshop / GIMP or similar
  • In San Diego

Full Time

Based on experience.

Apply: Please respond with your resume via email along with your thoughts on why you’d be a good fit for this position, compensation requirements and any other details you feel are relevant.

NOTE: We’re not entertaining inquiries from recruiting / staffing agencies or individuals overseas. We’re really looking for a San Diego local.