As news of Steve Jobs resignation as CEO of Apple broke late last night, tech industry pundits and players were quick to weigh in with their tributes to the man and the company he co-founded.

Steve Jobs steps down as CEO of Apple

Computerworld's Jonny Evans urged us to be optimistic about Apple's future.

"I'm sad but remain optimistic for the future. I think we all should be so. And to Steve Jobs? Thank you, sir, for everything you did to advance humanist technology. You executed world-change on a colossal scale and defined multiple generations, from desktop publishing to the tablet revolution. Not at all bad for a little orphan boy. Thank you. Thank you so much. I would like to have interviewed you," Evans wrote.

Jason Snell, writing on, said that Apple would continue to be successful in the future because of the way Jobs has built the company up.

"The most important thing about what Steve Jobs has done in the past 14 years at Apple is this: It's not all about Steve Jobs. Jobs has built this company in his own image. The executives are people who he trusts, people who have worked with him closely and understand his product philosophy. The creation of Apple University is an attempt to codify what we might as well call the Apple Way, which is essentially the Steve Jobs-driven product and business philosophy that has shaped today's Apple," Snell wrote.

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Om Malik, writing on GigaOm, focused on one of the key qualities that has made Jobs and Apple so successful - patience.

"Jobs (and by extension, Apple) has taught me (and I am sure others) a big lesson: If you want to change something, you have to be patient and take the long view. If Apple and Steve's incredible comeback teaches us something, it's that when you are right and the world doesn't see it that way, you just have to be patient and wait for the world to change its mind," Malik said.

TechCrunch's Saul Hansell referred to Jobs as "the Patron Saint of Perfectionists" and said:

"We all know lots of people who are nice. We know many people who are smart. We've seen a bunch of corporate leaders who have the rare combination of skills to surf the waves spawned by Moore's Law. But it's hard to think of anyone besides Steve Jobs who through the sheer force of will, self-confidence, vision and perfectionism could upend the powerful forces of technology to make so many products that delighted so many people precisely because they were improbable."

Twitter was also flooded with tributes from the great and the good of the tech industry.

Chris Espinosa, Apple's longest-serving employee, tweeted:

"On May 31, 1985 I walked by Steve and his team sitting under the tree outside Bandley 3. Today I saw him leave Apple again."

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British actor, writer, comedian and long-time Apple customer Stephen Fry, said: "Terribly upset at the thought of Steve Jobs not feeling well enough to be CEO. Wishing him all the very very best..."

Fry also posted a link to a YouTube video of Steve Jobs delivering a speech to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005. Even if you've seen it before, it's well worth watching again.