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They have a discussion forum for HPLC. I learned a lot
more reading the archives of the discussions than reading
the book I bought. The archives really aren't organized
well for that purpose -- they're by date rather than
subject matter -- but if you skim through them all (as I did),
you'll come out the other end knowing a heckuva lot.
You'll also get a lot of practical advice about using the
equipment that is seldom covered in books, like how
to store a column, how to recognize and suppress
microbial growth in your mobile phase, when and how
to passivate your equipment, etc.
It is a commercial web site, but it doesn't require cookies
or registering. You can even post to the discussion groups
without doing any of that. It's run by a trade magazine,
which doesn't show favoritism to particular vendors.
There are representatives of the major vendors who monitor
the discussion groups who will often recommend their own
products, but a lot of these guys are also great sources
There's almost no editing or moderation of the postings
made to the groups. The only example I can think of
is a certain crackpot who is carrying on a personal war
against his former employer, a Japanese instrument