Retrieving some DataObjects in template without php getter

When trying to get e.g. the lastest blog posts in your template you normally create a getter for theese in php like:

    function getLastestBlogPosts($limit=3, $offset=0) {
      return BlogPost::get()->limit($limit, $offset);
    }

and in template something like

<% loop $LatestBlogPosts %>
$Title
<% end_loop %>

While this works very good, you always need to touch your php codebase when you want to grab a DataList. But SilverStripe has a nice feature, to get any (simple) DataList directly in your template, the $List helper:

<% loop $List('BlogPost').Limit(3) %>
$Title
<% end_loop %>

which will get you the latest 3 blog posts (assuming that BlogPost's $default_sort is set properly).

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