I moved here in November, 2012. Some things I've noticed..
I learned a lot at my first hackathon, HackVAN. I gained some experience with the APIs presented, checked out some nice apps, met some cool people, learned a bit of Ruby on Rails. Overall it was a great experience. If you want to check out the results, they are here. If you're near Toronto on April 1 ...
Today I'm going to run down the steps from start to finish to successfully install and run your PHP applications on LAMP. My host of choice is Rackspace Cloud Servers. My OS of choice is a Debian VPS. We'll be using Nginx, PHP5, and MySQL. This should run web apps (with possible bugs) such as WordPress, LemonStand, Joomla, etc.