I learned photography in the 1960’s (yeah, a long time ago). B&W was really the only option because every shot cost money. I did develop my own, but not often. I really didn’t like it, at all.
That said, it was a great way to learn. No room for error and you had to think. Snap shots were a waste.
Now I can get what I want, and not care about how many are trash. The purist will always say it’s not the same. I agree. It’s better.
Adobe and NIK have filters to very closely duplicate any old B&W 35 mm film. Just as good is the ability to create your own.
I used Agfa film a lot, and still have some originals. This is an Agfa APX Pro 100 filter in NIK. After Lightroom and NIK processing it’s the same thing, no smell, sat with a cup of coffee and worked.