Using Greensock JS / TweenMax in a Dart application

Using Greensock JS / TweenMax in a Dart application

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Once you use Greensock / TweenMax / TweenLite, you don’t really want to use anything else.
It’s fast, it’s feature rich, and it works on more browsers than dart itself.
This is a quick post on how to use the animation library, it’s surprisingly easy.

  • First import the dart:js library
    import 'dart:js';

  • Next, add dart.interop.js to your HTML after your own apps script tags.
    Mine looks like this:

    <script type="application/dart" src="dart/mandala.dart"></script>
    <script src="packages/browser/dart.js"></script>
    <script src="packages/browser/interop.js"></script>

Now to call JS from dart you must follow the js-interop syntax, which I agree is a bit annoying – but one approach is to create a wrapper class / function for it.

  • With that out of the way, here is an example of a Tweenmax call to modify the Y / Alpha values of a div:
      // You can also just pass the element's ID instead to greensock
      // but assuming we already retrieved it or may not have an id we would use this method
      HTMLElement divToAnimate = querySelectorAll("#myDiv");
 
      // Context refers to the JSContext, and retrieves global window objects
      context['TweenMax'].callMethod("to", [divToAnimate 
            0.15,
            new JsObject.jsify({
                  "delay" : 0.5,
                  "y": "40"
                  "autoAlpha": 0
            })]);
 
      // A simpler one for reference
      context['TweenMax'].callMethod("to",["#myDiv", 0.15, new JsObject.jsify({x:100})]);

We can think of Context as referring to the Window object in the javascript context. So we retrieve it, and then call a method on it. Passing the method name to and then an array of parameters. For the last parameters, we create a new javascript object using the JsObject.jsify method which takes a map of primitive types with strings as keys.

In the next post / or an update to this one, I will show you how to create a simple wrapper class to make using Greensock more like calling it from JS

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