Before we did my daughter's car 2007 Merc and this truck I had only done one disc brake job about 20+ years ago so I can't answer your question.
I have done several with brake shoes and the discs are not only easier but far superior, design wise.
First disc brakes I ever say was on aircraft and I burned myself when I touched the disc of a plane that had just taxied in. It was very hot.
Made me (just now) look up when they appeared on cars and was REALLY
surprised to find:
The first caliper-type automobile disc brake was patented by Frederick William Lanchester in his Birmingham [England] factory in 1902 and used successfully on Lanchester cars.