PHP – WordPress – Get Posts from Category

The given PHP example is for getting a specific number of posts from a specific category, 
it is useful for news listing in sidebar.

Code Example:
<ul>
    <?php
    global $post;
    $myposts = get_posts('numberposts=6&category=3');
    foreach($myposts as $post) :
    setup_postdata($post);
    ?>
  <li>
    <div class="news_ticker_articles">
      <p><strong> <a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="<?php the_title_attribute(); ?>">
        <?php the_title(); ?>
        </a> </strong></p>
      <p class="excerpt_bottom"><? echo bm_better_excerpt(100, '...'); ?></p>
    </div>
  </li>
  <?php endforeach; ?>
</ul>

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