To offer a different perspective, I love git and I'm very happy with vim as my editor. I also prefer common::sense rather than strict and warnings.
And as far as version control goes, save early and save often, kids. There's nothing like getting a script 95% working .. then trying Something Different somewhere, breaking the script, repairing it, breaking it again, fixing it again .. and pretty soon you wish you could go back to 2am to the version that mostly worked.
Finally, when you're new to Perl, it's tempting just to write everything yourself. You'll burn up lots of cycles that way -- check CPAN instead and see if there's a module that does that already. You never know until you look.
Alex / talexb / Toronto
"Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds