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jQuery and jQuery UI with GSAP

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In your opinion, how important is learning jQuery and jQuery UI, if you use Greensock platform?

Are they essential?


In case, what books do you suggest? I'm a jQuery base level. Thanks. 



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Hello Piero, and welcome to the GreenSock forum!


GSAP is not dependent on jQuery. GSAP is JavaScript based. You don't need to know JavaScript to use GSAP. But in order to do more complex animations and create mouse interactions. JavaScript would be of great benefit.


All jQuery is a JavaScript library with various methods or a compilation of shortcut cross browser code snippets to make coding faster and consise .


jQuery has a awesome cross-browser selector engine. But GSAP can accept a jQuery collection wrapper $() or just a string like "#mySelector".


See the GSAP DOCs




So to answer your question, you do not need to know jquery to use GSAP. But since GSAP is made with JavaScript, learning JavaScript will help you in the long run.


I would suggest you look at these links to better acquaint yourself with JavaScript and GSAP










Don't hesitate to ask if you have more questions. :)

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