How to display WordPress Posts by a specific Category

This is the common requirement of developers when developing for WordPress is to display posts for a specific category. if you are creating custom page template to show certain posts from specific category or if you want to display the latest posts from a certain category anywhere you want in your theme.

How to show recent posts from specific category

Here i am creating code for show recent post from specific query using query_posts() function, inside that function we define category ID mention in given below code.

<ul class="cat_posts">
    <?php query_posts('cat=5'); while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
        <li><a href='<?php the_permalink() ?>'><?php the_title(); ?></a></li>
    <?php endwhile; ?>    
    <?php wp_reset_query(); // reset the custom query ?>
</ul>

How to set limit number of posts to show

<ul class="cat_posts">
    <?php query_posts('cat=5&showposts=10'); while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
        <li><a href='<?php the_permalink() ?>'><?php the_title(); ?></a></li>
    <?php endwhile; ?>    
    <?php wp_reset_query(); // reset the custom query ?>
</ul>

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