Back in the "good old times" when I had a device fail I could grab my trusty old transistor cross reference book and find a replacement part with the same footprint and comparable parameters in a very short time. I know that no one prints such books anymore for good reasons. But also finding good, neutral cross reference lists (which are not just published by one manufacturer) is not easy...
Have the parametric search capabilities of the electronics distributors made cross references obsolete? (I think, they are no real replacement for a cross reference book that often list obscure, obsolete parts and their replacements).
So how do you go about finding replacement parts today?
Edit: I managed to reach collegue at a former employer and send me a photo of the "döv Transistor 1, Vergleichstabelle" book I left there. I found this book in a thriftstore in the early 2000 (but only A-Z, the 0-µ was not there) and later left it at that workplace because it was usefull there.