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help creating a VF page for a custom object backed by a standard controller

So I know that Salesforce creates a standard controller for custom objects, and I'm trying to use that to make a visualforce page to display all of the custom object records of that type. Problem is, I can't figure out how to display or get the records since Salesforce has NO documentation showing what methods I can use for the custom object. 


For example, I have:


<apex:page standardController="Custom_Item__c">
            <apex:pageBlock >
                <div id="itemListing">
                    <apex:repeat value="{!Custom_Item__c}" var="item" id="itemList">


But this doesn't return anything when I look at the VF page. Any help?
Does anybody know what methods I can call for the custom object? I just don't know how to access any of the records.



The standardController for a custom object is exactly the same as the standardController for a standard object . 


Generally, you use it with an id query parameter to specify the object to be processed (or with a recordSetVar attribute if you want to use the standar list controller). 


The methods available for actions are the same as for standard objects. 





So is there a way I can delete the items in the repeat loop? 

Adding a 

<apex:commandLink action="{!delete}" value="Delete" />

 doesnt even show up, though the VF page saves without errors.


I also need to be able to create an object that is the child of a repeat object - so in that loop i need to be able to use one of those as the parent to create a new object