The recently released and heavily revised and brought up to date “The Film Developing Cookbook” by Anchell and Troop is highly recommended for anyone really
wanting to know what is the best developer for what film, and why
Contains the most up to date dilm processing information available, including what is known about revised chemical make ups of old standby developers that might make them not exactly like they once were, or not providing the results you might be expecting, if you were expecting the results famous people got in the Sixties.
Granted, it’s easier to just “do it the way we has always done it.” if that’s good enough.
For anyone perhaps wanting more than that, this resource is almost indispensable. A fun read as well, as unlikely as that might seem.
Worth the time if you are even half serious about this.