.. _desugaring: Title Desugaring by the ``def[metric]`` Macros ============================================== All of the ``def[metric]`` macros (:ref:`defcounter <counters/defcounter>`, :ref:`defgauge <gauges/defgauge>`, :ref:`defhistogram <histograms/defhistogram>`, :ref:`defmeter <meters/defmeter>`, and :ref:`deftimer <timers/deftimer>`) take a title as their first argument. All of the macros will use this title as a symbol when binding it to a var, and will convert it to a string to use as the :ref:`name <metric-names>` of the metric. For example, this:: (defmeter post-requests) is equivalent to:: (def post-requests (meter "post-requests")) If you want to define a metric with a name outside of the default group/type, you can use a vector of three strings and/or symbols instead of a bare symbol. The last entry in the vector will be used as the symbol for the var (and will be coerced if necessary). For example, all of these:: (defcounter ["mysite.http" api post-requests]) (defcounter ["mysite.http" "api" post-requests]) (defcounter ["mysite.http" "api" "post-requests"]) are equivalent to:: (def post-requests (meter ["mysite.http" "api" "post-requests"])) If you need more control than this (e.g.: if you want a var named differently than the last segment of the metric name) you should use the normal creation methods. These macros are only a bit of syntactic sugar to reduce typing.