Recently I've read a book that says it's absolutely necessary to use a linear voltage regulator like LM7805 in circuits that use any of 74HCxx chips (CMOS logical gates). I thought that this advice is kind of odd (LM7805 requires 9V instead of 5V I most frequently use, 4V are used just to heat an air) and decided to re-check.
I didn't find this requirement in any of 74HCxx specs, at least in specs from Texas Instruments which made chips I use. This requirement is also not mentioned in Wikipedia or any other source. All circuits I tried work just fine without LM7805, with only 100 uF capacitor as a filter. So I'm thinking, maybe this advice is outdated (the book was published in 2010) or maybe author just needed an excuse to give an example of linear voltage generator usage?
In your opinion is LM7805 required to use 74HCxx? Do you use it in your circuits?