Looking at the history of jet engines, I noticed that the British first made centrifugal-types, but the Germans went straight into axial-types.
Which type is easier, if any? By that I mean, which type is easier to design and produce? As far as I can tell, they appear to be very similar pieces of rotating machinery, just the compressor blades are shaped differently and the airflow follows a different path.
Are the equations of centrifugal flow somehow much more complex than axial flow, or vice versa? Are the shaft bearings of one much different than the other? Are there tougher geometric problems of lubrication with one but not the other?
Note that I am not asking which is more efficient or the better choice. That would have to take into account much more than the cost to design and build something. For now, I'm only asking about which type of engine is easier to build, if any.