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This is a selection of some of my favourite and most frequently used reference books. For more details and some comments, click on the chosen title.

  1. HTML For Dummies, 2nd. Edition (Tittel and James)
  2. Borland C++ 4 By Example (Potts and Monk)
  3. Electronic Filter Design Handbook (Williams and Taylor)
  4. Practical Antenna Handbook (Carr)
  5. The Electronics Handbook (Jerry Whitaker)
  6. Theory and Problems of Transmission Lines (Chipman)
  7. Phase Noise in Signal Sources (Robins)
  8. Phaselock Techniques (Gardner)
  9. The GSM System for Mobile Communications (Mouly and Pautet)
  10. High Frequency Circuit Engineering (Nibler et. al.)
  11. Digital Transmission Systems (Smith)
  12. Microwave Transistor Amplifiers (Gonzalez)
  13. Microwaves (Baden-Fuller)
  14. Teach Yourself Calculus (Abbott)
  15. Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers (Becker et. al.)
  16. Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication (DuCusatis et. al)
  17. Integrated Electronics (Millman-Halkias)
  18. Science Data Book (Tennent)
  19. Mobile Broadcasting with WiMAX (Kumar)
  20. Physics (Halliday and Resnick)
  21. Fields and Waves in Comunication Electronics (Ramo et. al.)
  22. Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers (Wilmshurst)
  23. Operational Amplifiers (Clayton and Newby)
  24. The VMEbus Handbook (Peterson)
  25. C++ for Dummies (Cogswell)
  26. The ARRL Handbook 2001 (Hutchinson)
  27. Digital Signal Processing (Hayes)
  28. HTML 4 for Dummies (Tittel and Pitts)
  29. Feedback and Control Systems (Distefano et. al.)
  30. Theory and Problems of Acoustics (Seto)
  31. Microwave Engineering (Pozar)
  32. Workout C (Himmel)
  33. The Art of Electronics (Horowitz)
  34. Electronic Principles (Malvino)
  35. Design of Amplifier and Oscillators by the S-Parameter Method (Vendelin)
  36. Electronic Communication Systems (Kennedy)
  37. Communication Systems (Carlson et. al.)
  38. Digital Communications, Fundamentals and Applications, Second Edition (Sklar)
  39. Applied Circuit Theory, Matrix and Computer Methods (Abdy)
  40. Transmission Line Transformers (Sevick)
  41. Advanced Electrical Engineering (Morton)
  42. Radio Frequency Transistors, Principles and Practical Applications (Dye & Granberg)
  43. Calculus 2nd. Edition (Ayres)
  44. Basic Electromagnetism (Dobbs)
  45. Modern Receiver Front Ends (Laskar et. al.)
  46. The Scientist and Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing (Smith)
  47. Beginning Ubuntu Linux - Second Edition (Keir Thomas)
  48. Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 (Willis & Newsome)
  49. Theory and Problems of Acoustics (Seto)
  50. Programming 16-bit Microcontrollers in C - Learning to Fly the PIC24 (Jasio)
  51. Teach Yourself Visual Basic 2010 in 24 Hours (Foxall)
  52. Code Breakers - The History of Secret Communication (Pincock & Frary)
  53. 4G LTE / LTE-Advanced for Mobile Broadband (Dahlman, Parkvall & Skold)
  54. LTE and the Evolution to 4G Wireless ((Rumney)
  55. Linksys WRT54G - A Rosetta Stone for the WRT54G (Asadoorian & Pesce)
  56. Fred - The definitive biography of Fred Dibnah (David Hall)
  57. The Secret Life of Bletchley Park (Sinclair McKay)
  58. Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman! - Adventures of a curious character (Richard Feynman)
  59. What Do You Care What Other People Think? - Further adventures of a curious character (Richard Feynman)
  60. Advanced Signal Integrity for High-Speed Digital Designs (Hall & Heck)
  1. HTML For Dummies
  2. HTML for Dummies, 2nd. Edition
    Ed Tittel & Steve James
    IDG Books Worldwide Inc
    ISBN 1-56884-647-9

    No need for Front Page or Dreamweaver, this book and a text editor are all you need.

  3. Borland C++ 4 By Example
  4. Borland C++ 4 By Example
    Stephen Potts, Timothy S. Monk
    Que Corporation
    ISBN 1-56529-756-3

    Used a lot for getting C and C++ programs to work

  5. Electronic Filter Design Handbook
  6. Electronic Filter Design Handbook, 3rd. Edition
    Arthur B. Williams, Fred J. Taylor
    McGraw-Hill Inc
    ISBN 0-07-070441-4

    Everything you need to design any filter but sometimes difficult to find what you need, jumps around a lot.

  7. Practical Antenna Handbook
  8. Practical Antenna Handbook, 3rd. Edition
    Joseph J. Carr
    McGraw-Hill
    ISBN 0-07-012026-9

    Very practical, ideal for the radio amateur.

  9. The Electronics Handbook
  10. The Electronics Handbook
    Jerry C. Whitaker (Editor in Chief)
    Technical Press Inc.
    IEEE Press
    ISBN 0-8493-8345-5

    2574 pages, picked this up for GBP 5.00 at a 'surplus book' store. 140 edited articles/chapters on almost everything, many references, very good value.

  11. Theory and Problems of Transmission Lines
  12. Schaum's Outline Series in Engineering
    McGraw-Hill Book Company (1968)

    Good on theory, lots of examples.

  13. Phase Noise in Signal Sources
  14. Phase Noise in Signal Sources
    (Theory and Applications)
    W. P. Robins
    IEE Telecommunications Series 9
    Peter Peregrinus Ltd
    ISBN 0-86341-026-X

    Very detailed phase noise bible, a bit cluttered and some confusing/ambiguous symbols but better than jumping around without explaining anything.

  15. Phaselock Techniques
  16. Phaselock Techniques, 2nd. Ed.
    Floyd M. Gardner, PhD
    John Wiley & Sons
    ISBN 0-471-04294-3

    Another legendary PLL bible. Beautifully bound hardback. Good explanations of basics, getting a bit dated now.

  17. The GSM System for Mobile Communications
  18. The GSM System for Mobile Communications
    Michel Mouly and Marie-Bernadette Pautet
    (Published by the Authors)
    ISBN 2-9507190-0-7

    Unusual. Actually published privately by the authors. Good on GSM system level but getting dated now like GSM.

  19. High Frequency Circuit Engineering
  20. High Frequency Circuit Engineering
    F. Nibler and Co-Authors
    IEE Circuits and Systems Series 6
    Institution of Electrical Engineers
    ISBN 0-85296-802-7

    Rather inferior translation from German but useful for microstrips.

  21. Digital Transmission Systems
  22. Digital Transmission Systems, 2nd. Edition
    David R. Smith
    Kluwer Academic Publishers
    ISBN 0-442-00917-9

    Lots of good fundamentals. Like any digital comms. a late edition is essential.

  23. Microwave Transistor Amplifiers
  24. Microwave Transistor Amplifiers, Analysis and Design, 2nd. Ed.
    Guillermo Gonzalez
    Prentice Hall, New Jersey
    ISBN 0-130254335-4

    Next to Pozar, one of the best microwave textbooks I have used. More active than Pozar.

  25. Microwaves
  26. Microwaves, Second Edition
    An introduction to microwave theory and techniques, second edition
    A. J. Baden Fuller
    Pergammon International Library
    ISBN 0-08-024227-8

    Good on passive waveguide components, not much else.

  27. Teach Yourself Calculus
  28. Calculus
    P. Abbott
    Teach Yourself Books
    ISBN 0-340-05536-7

    I bought this book new in 1974 for 50 pence and still use it. Probably the best value-for-money I have ever had from a book.

  29. Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifiers
  30. Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers
    Fundamentals and Technology
    P. C. Becker, N. A. Olsson, J. R. Simpson
    Academic Press
    ISBN 0-12-084590-3
  31. Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication
  32. Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication
    Casimer DeCusatis, Eric Maass, Darrin P. Clement and Ronald C. Lasky
    Academic Press
    ISBN 0-12-437162-0
  33. Integrated Electronics
  34. Integrated Electronics
    Millman-Halkias
    McGraw-Hill Kogakusha Ltd.
    ISBN 0-07-085493-9

    Good all round electronics. Getting a bit dated now, like so many of my books.

  35. Science Data Book
  36. R. M. Tennent (Editor)
    Oliver and Boyd

    Next best value for money to Teach Yourself Calculus.

  37. Mobile Broadcasting with WiMAX - Principles, Technology and Applications
  38. Amitabh Kumar
    Focal Press - Elsevier
    ISBN 978-0-240-81040-9

    Some quite useful recent WiMAX (IEEE 802.16) information, system level.

  39. Physics
  40. David Halliday and Robert Resnick Parts 1 and 2
    Combined Third Edition
    Wiley
    ISBN 03668-4

    Very good undergraduate level all round physics

  41. Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics
  42. Ramo, Whinnery and Van Duzer
    John Wiley & Sons
    ISBN 0-471-70721-X

    Good on EM theory and antennas.

  43. Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers, Principles and Applications
  44. Tim Wilmshurst
    Newnes - Elsevier
    ISBN 978-0-7506-6755-5

    I wanted a book for the Microchip PIC 24F series but this relates to another but found 75% of it useful.

  45. Operational Amplifiers, 3rd. Edition
  46. George Clayton and Bruce Newby
    Newness
    ISBN 0-7506-59149

    Good for revising those operational amplifier circuits we forgot long ago.

  47. The VMEbus Handbook
  48. Expanded Third Edition
    VITA
    Wade D. Peterson
    VMEbus International Trade Association
    ISBN 1-885731-01-9

    I seem to have lost this book and I can't remember anything about it.

  49. C++ for Dummies
  50. Jeff Cogswell
    Wiley Publishing Inc.
    ISBN 0-7645-1795-3
  51. The ARRL Handbook for Radio Amateurs 2001

  52. Chuck Hutchinson K8CH (Editor)
    The Americal Radio Relay League, Inc.
    78 th. Edition
    ISBN 0-87259-186-7

    Very useful practical information as it is a radio amateur's book.

  53. Digital Signal Processing
  54. Monson H. Hayes
    Schaum Outline Series
    McGraw Hill
    ISBN 0-07-027389-8
  55. HTML 4 for Dummies, 4th. Ed.
  56. Ed Tittel and Natanya Pitts
    Wiley Publishing , Inc.
    New York
    ISBN 0-7645-1995-6

    Replaces the HTML 3 one, just as good

  57. Feedback and Control Systems - Second Edition
  58. Joseph J. Distefano, Allen R. Stubberud, Ivan J. Williams
    Schaum's Outline Series, McGraw-Hill
    ISBN 0-07-017052-5
  59. Theory and Problems of Acoustics
  60. William W. Seto
    Schaum's Outline Series McGraw-Hill

    This looks like a copy of the original 1970 book, hence no ISBN.

  61. Microwave Engineering - Third Edition
  62. Pozar, David M.
    John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2005)
    ISBN 0-471-44878-8

    All RF and microwave engineers must have this book, more passive than Microwave Transistor Amplifiers (Gonzalez)

  63. Workout C - Learn C Through Exercises
  64. David Himmel
    The Waite Group Press
    ISBN 1-878739-14-X

    My first introduction to C programming about 20+ years ago. Included an MS-DOS compiler, very good for learning C, still very useful.

  65. The Art of Electronics - Second Edition
  66. Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill
    Cambridge University Press
    ISBN 978-0-521-37095-0 (2008)

    I noitce this is the 21st. edition, speaks for itself. Lots of digital and analog fundamentals, some figures just a little dated but doesn't devalue it.

  67. Electronic Principles - Second Edition
  68. Malvino, Alber Paul,
    Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. Ltd., New Delhi (1982)

    Physically quite a poor quality paperback (looks like recycled recycled paper) but plenty of very useful AC transistor circuits and equations.

  69. Design of Amplifiers and Oscillators by the S-Parameter Method
  70. Vendelin, George D.
    John Wiley & Sons (1981)

    Very good on microwave networks, stability noise figure etc. Almost as good as Gonzalez.

  71. Electronic Communications Systems - Second Edition
  72. Kennedy, George
    McGraw-Hill Kogakusha Ltd. (1977)

    Basic and explanatory with simplified theory. Good for describing radiowave propagation.

  73. Communication Systems, An Introduction to Signals and Noise in Electrical Communication - Fourth Edition
  74. Carlson, A. Bruce et. al.
    McGraw-Hill Higher Education (2002)

    Another classic, this later edition has lots of good digital comms.

  75. Digital Communications, Fundamentals and Applications, Second Edition
  76. Sklar, Bernard
    Prentice Hall PTR, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 (2006)
    ISBN 0130847887 (2006)

    I have not had this one too long but it is heading rapidly towards the 'excellent' category.

  77. Applied Circuit Theory, Matrix and Computer Methods
  78. Abdy, P. R.
    Ellis Horwood Limited, John Wiley & Sons
    ISBN 0470269081 (1980)

    I am sure this will be useful for something one day.

  79. Transmission Line Transformers, Fourth Edition
  80. Sevick, Jerry W2FMI
    Scitech Publishing Inc.
    ISBN 1884932185 (2001)

    A very good practical reference for transmission line transformers with plenty of measurements but does not include later VHF ferrites.

  81. Advanced Electrical Engineering
  82. Morton, A. H.
    Pitman Publishing Limited
    ISBN 0273401726 (1996)
  83. Radio Frequency Transistors, Principles and Practical Applications
  84. Dye, Norm & Granberg, Helge
    Butterworth-Heinemann
    ISBN 0750690593

    Good for hands-on development of class B and AB PAs using mostly Motorola (now Freescale) FETs.

  85. Calculus 2nd. Edition
  86. Frank Ayres Jr.
    Schaum's Outline Series McGraw-Hill (1972)

    Another early Schaum, hence no ISBN. If you are trying to evaluate a tricky integral there is very likely a similar worked example in this.

  87. Basic Electromagnetism
  88. E. R. Dobbs, University of London
    Chapman and Hall
    ISBN 0-412-55570-0 (1993)

    Does what it says on the tin. If this is basic, I'm not sure I want to see the advanced.

  89. Modern Receiver Front-Ends, Systems, Circuits and Integration
  90. Joy Laskar et. al.
    Wiley-Interscience
    ISBN 0-471-22591-6

    Some good things on digital receiver front ends. Quite a lot on IC design aspects.

  91. The Scientist and Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing - Second Edition
  92. Steven W. Smith
    California Technical Publishing
    ISBN 0-9660176-7-6

    Excellent, very well written from first principles and explains the basics step by step with many examples. If you really need to improve your knowledge of some DSP fundamentals this is a good place to start. Also available in PDF download from www.dspguide.com.

  93. Beginning Ubuntu Linux - Second Edition
  94. Keir Thomas
    Apress, Berkley CA
    ISBN-13 978-1-59059-820-2 (2007)
    ISBN-10 1-59059-820-2 (2007)

  95. Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2010
  96. Thearon Willis, Bryan Newsome
    Wiley Publishing Inc., Indianapolis, IN 46256
    ISBN 978-0-470-50222-8 (2010)

  97. Theory and Problems of Acoustics
  98. William W. Seto
    Schaum's Outline Series
    McGraw-Hill Inc.
    Reprint from 1970.

  99. Programming 16-bit Microcontrollers in C - Learning to Fly the PIC24
  100. Lucio Di Jasio
    Newnes Elsevier, Oxford UK
    ISBN-13 978-0-7506-8292-3 (2007)
    ISBN-10 0-7506-8292-2 (2007)

    Good for hands-on PIC development, but I do not like the aircraft analogies.

  101. Teach Yourself Visual Basic 2010 in 24 Hours
  102. James Foxall
    Pearson Education Inc.
    ISBN-13 978-0-672-33113-8 (2010)
    ISBN-10 0-672-33113-6 (2010)

    Unfortunately, I did not manage it in 24 hours.

  103. Code Breakers - The History of Secret Communication
  104. Stephen Pincock and Mark Frary
    Random House Books, Elwin Street Limited, London
    ISBN 978-1-905-21154-8 (2006)

  105. 4G LTE / LTE-Advanced for Mobile Broadband
  106. Erik Dahlman, Stefan Parkvall & Johan Skold
    Academic Press, Elsevier, Oxford UK
    ISBN 978-0-12-385489-6 (2011)

    If it takes off will be a revoltion in mobile broadband.

  107. LTE and the Evolution to 4G Wireless
  108. Moray Rumney (Editor)
    John Wiley & Sons for Agilent Technologies
    ISBN 978-0-470-68261-6

  109. Linksys WRT54G - A Rosetta Stone for the WRT54G
  110. Paul Asadoorian & Larry Pesce
    Elsvier Inc., Burlington MA 01803
    ISBN 978-1-59749-166-2 (2007)

    Hands-on WiFi, routers, networking.

  111. Fred - The definitive biography of Fred Dibnah
  112. David Hall
    Corgi Books
    Random House Group Ltd., London (2007)

  113. The Secret Life of Bletchley Park - The WWII Codebreaking Centre and the Men and Women Who Worked There
  114. Sinclair McKay
    Arum Press Ltd., London
    ISBN 978-1-78131-128-8 (2010)

  115. Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman - Adventures of a Curious Character
  116. Richard P. Feynman
    Edward Hutchings (Ed)
    Vintage Books, London
    ISBN 9780099173311 (1992)

  117. What Do You Care What Other People Think? - Further Adventures of a Curious Character
  118. Richard P. Feynman
    Edward Hutchings (Ed)
    Vintage Books, London
    ISBN 9780099173311 (1992)

    The part of Richard Feynman's autobiography includes his contribution to the Presidential Enquiry into the Challenger Disaster. This should be compulsory reading for every engineer on dealing with management.

  119. Advanced Signal Integrity for High-Speed Digital Designs
  120. Hall, Stephen H., Heck, Howard L.
    John Wiley & Sons Inc., New Jersey, USA

    ISBN 978-0-470-19235-1 (2009)

    The bible of high speed digital signal interfacing.

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