As Sun Tzu said:
To rely on rustics and not prepare is the greatest of crimes; to be prepared beforehand for any contingency is the greatest of virtues.Speaking of "rustics":
|Rusty IIgs Horror Show!||Reading Material|
I can't encourage any electronics experimenter enough to get one of these data books. These cost me $1 a piece at my local surplus store. Sure the data-sheets for all of these ICs are online, but it is so much easier turning a page than searching, finding and opening the right PDF, saving it, closing the pop-up ads...