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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)
  61. Transmission Lines for Communications with CAD Programs, Second Edition
  62. Steve Jobs
  63. Engineering Mathematics
  64. The Secret Listeners, The Secret Life of Bletchley Park
  65. The Bedside Book of Physics, From Electricity to Escape Velocities
  66. Digital System Design with VHDL, Second Edition
  67. The Turing Guide
  68. Communication Systems
  69. Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2010
  70. Matlab, A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving, Third Edition
  71. Programming 32-bit Microcontrollers in C, Exploring the PIC32
  72. Alan Sugar, What You See Is What You Get, My Autobiography
  73. Understanding Cryptography, A Textbook for Students and Practitioners
  1. HTML for Dummies, 2nd. Edition
  2. Ed Tittel & Steve James
    IDG Books Worldwide Inc
    ISBN 1-56884-647-9

    No need for Front Page or Dreamweaver. This book, a text editor and a browser are needed.

  3. Borland C++ 4 By Example
  4. 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, 3rd. Edition
  6. 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, like with all Schaums.

  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 with any digital communications, 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. Better on active devices 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

    Useful for optical fiber telecommunications infrastructure.

  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 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. What is happening now about WiMAX? Is this lagging LTE/LTE-A?

  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

    Up to the usual Schaum standard.

  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

    And another Schaum, same standard.

  59. Theory and Problems of Acoustics
  60. William W. Seto
    Schaum's Outline Series McGraw-Hill

    As I know little about acoustics, a reference just in case.

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

    A leading 'bible' of microwave engineering. 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)

    In the top tier of digital communications. Excellent bible.

  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)

    Small print (near vision glasses required), excellent on network theories.

  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 or somebody like NXP) 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)

  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.

  121. Transmission Lines for Communications with CAD Programs, Second Edition
  122. Davidson, C. W.
    Macmillan Education Ltd.

    ISBN 0-333-47398-1

  123. Steve Jobs
  124. Walter Isaacson
    Little, Brown Book Group
    ISBN 978-1-4087-0374-8

  125. Engineering Mathematics
  126. K. A. Stroud
    The Macmillan Press Ltd.
    ISBN: 0 333 12335 2

  127. The Secret Listeners, The Secret Life of Bletchley Park
  128. Sinclair McKay
    Aurum Press Ltd., London 2012
    ISBN:978 1 78131 039 7

    Originally 11.99 but I got for 2.99 from a local discount bookshop. Another fascinating Bletchley Park book.

  129. The Bedside Book of Physics, From Electricity to Escape Velocities
  130. Isaac McPhee
    Quid Piblishing, Hove
    ISBN: 978-0-85762-312-6

    Revise and improve your basic physics knowledge. Another very cheap book from a discount bookshop.

  131. Digital System Design with VHDL, Second Edition
  132. Mark Zwolinski
    Pearson Education Ltd., 2004Publishers
    ISBN: 978-0-13-039985-4

    Excellent book but I wish I understood the subject better.

  133. The Turing Guide
  134. Jack Copeland, Jonathan Bowen, Mark Sprevak, Robin Wilson and others
    Oxford University Press, Oxford
    ISBN: 978-0-19-874783-3

    The best book on Alan Turing I could find, fascinating detail and stories by many authors, leading academics, engineers and historians.

  135. Communication Systems
  136. A. Bruce Carlson, Paul B. Crilly, Janet C. Rutledge
    McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2002
    ISBN: 0-07-011127-8

  137. Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2010
  138. Thearon Willis, Bryan Newsome
    Wiley Publishing Inc., Indianapolis, 2010
    ISBN: 978-0-47050222-8

    Actually I use the free version of this called Visual Basic 2010 Express, which does more than everything I have ever needed from VB.

  139. Matlab, A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving, Third Edition
  140. Stormy Attaway
    Elsevier, 2013
    ISBN: 978-0-12-405876-7

    A very good starting point for Matlab to support the vast online help.

  141. Programming 32-bit Microcontrollers in C, Exploring the PIC32
  142. Lucio Di Jasio
    Elsevier, Oxford
    ISBN: 978-0-7506-8709-6

    Very good hands-on like the 16-bit version, many examples to try on the many Microchip development platforms.

  143. Alan Sugar, What You See Is What You Get, My Autobiography
  144. Lord Sugar
    Macmillan, 2010
    ISBN: 978-0-230-74933-7

    I stayed at quite a modern hotel in Ireland recently and they still had Amstrad TVs.

  145. Understanding Cryptography, A Textbook for Students and Practitioners.
  146. Christof Paar, Jan Pelzl
    Springer Heidelberg Dordrecht
    ISBN: 978-3-642-04100-6

    Supplements some excellent lectures on You Tube. Good place to start for encryption standards like the NIST AES-CCM-128 algorithm.

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